European Commission proposes to better protect workers from cancer-causing chemicals
The European Commission is proposing changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace, including 'respirable crystalline silica' (RCS).
Cancer is estimated to account for more than half of work-related deaths in the EU, totalling around 102,000 deaths per year.
Introducing these limit values will lead to fewer cases of occupational cancer and improve legal protection of exposed workers, especially in the construction sector. By reducing the differences between Member States in terms of workers' health protection, this proposal will encourage more cross-border employment, because workers can be reassured that minimum standards and levels of protection of their health will be guaranteed in all Member States