Process generated carcinogens occur as a by-product of a work process. These need extra attention because of they won’t have labels and there may not be any reference to them in Safety Data Sheets. A large proportion of workers in the EU are potentially exposed to process-generated contaminants, in particular to RCS and diesel exhaust fumes.
The adopted amendments of the carcinogens directive lay down occupational limit values for carcinogens generated by work processes, e.g. diesel engine emissions, respirable crystalline silica dust, wood dust, welding fumes. These carcinogens occur frequently at various workplaces and should be prioritised in a Roadmap Strategy for the upcoming years.
- Austria (Challenge lead), Netherlands
- Member States, Labour Inspectorates, European Commission, SLIC
- Sectoral organisations, BusinessEurope, Workers organisations, ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation)
- Researchers, OSH-experts