European Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. Parliament backs the third revision

The Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted the European Commission’s proposal to further update the rules that protect workers' health from the specific risks arising from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens. In addition to the previous revisions, incl. the  second revision of the 2004 directive , the proposal includes exposure limits and/or skin notations for five additional cancer-causing substances: cadmium and its inorganic compounds,  beryllium and inorganic beryllium compounds,  arsenic acid and its salts, as well as inorganic arsenic compounds, formaldehyde  and  4,4''-methylenebis[2-chloroaniline] (MOCA).

The updated regulation should improve long-term working conditions, but, as the implementation   can remain a challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and microenterprises - which represent a large majority of businesses in the EU - due to their limited financial resources, MEPs proposed incentives and digital tools to facilitate their compliance with new obligations. The adopted text also comments on biological monitoring for Cadmium and calls on the Commission to assess other changes to the Directive.

The Committee now foresees entering the negotiations with the European Commission and the Council.

Read the press release  by the Parliament

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