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Exposure to asbestos: MEPs adopt law to protect workers more robustly

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Parliament approved new rules to protect EU workers from the health risks related to asbestos and to improve the early detection of asbestos.

On Tuesday, plenary adopted with 614 votes in favour, 2 against and 4 abstentions a directive, already agreed with member states, that will decrease the occupational exposure limit of asbestos and calls for the use of more modern and accurate technology to detect the presence of thin asbestos fibres.

Lower level of exposure

The law aims to reduce exposure to asbestos fibres to the lowest possible level. The occupational exposure limit (OEL) will be ten times lower as the limit value will be decreased from 0.1 to 0.01 fibres of asbestos per cubic centimetre (cm³), without a transition period.


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