European Parliament adopts position on third amendment to the carcinogens Directive



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, 4,4'-Methylene-bis[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.

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