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EU-OSHA participates in experts’ hearing on the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive at the EP EMPL Committee

On 23 February, the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs held an exchange of views with experts on the 4th revision of the Directive 2004/37/EC ‘Protection of workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work’.

European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit opened and closed the hearing. EU-OSHA was represented by Senior Project Manager Elke Schneider, whose intervention included some key facts and figures on work-related cancer and on EU-OSHA’s project Workers’ exposure survey on cancer risk factors in Europe.

Cancer is the second main cause of death in the EU, with about 1.3 million deaths estimated for 2020 and 2.7 million new cases (1 out of 4 deaths are caused by cancer). As for work-related cancers, from 4 to 8% of the overall cancers are caused by occupational exposure, resulting in an estimated high cost of more than 100,000 deaths caused per year in the EU.

See the exchange of views at the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Visit EU-OSHA’s themed section on work-related cancer