This supplementary opinion presents the view of the European Advisory Committee on Safety and Health on certain aspects of the proposed amendment to Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers' health and safety from risks arising from possible exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at the workplace. The Commission proposes that an amending directive be introduced with additional substances in Annex I, thereby bringing these substances within the scope of the directive, and introducing binding occupational exposure limit values for a number of substances in Annex III. At the same time, the articles on risk management and the setting of occupational exposure limit values will be amended so that they better align with current needs and the approach presented in the Chemical Agents Directive 98/24/EC (CMD). Despite the reduction and/or replacement of carcinogenic substances used and/or generated in the rubber-manufacturing industry that has taken place in recent years, it cannot be guaranteed that even in state-of-the-art processes such fumes and dusts will be free of carcinogens. Therefore, the Workers’ Interest Group is of the opinion that rubber fume and dust must be included in Annex I of the CMD.
Rubber fumes and dusts generated during various industrial processes have complex and / or unknown compositions. Many studies are showing that rubber process fume and dust are containing carcinogens.
Buta-1,3-diene , Bromoethylene, 4,4'-methylenebis[2-chloroaniline] , Ethylene oxide, 1,2-Epoxypropane, 2-Nitropropane, Hexachlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichloroethane