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23/09/2020

Commission proposes better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

More than 1.1 million workers in a wide range of sectors will benefit from improved protection thanks to the Commission’s proposal to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

The fourth revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive sets new or revised limit values for three important substances: acrylonitrile, nickel compounds and benzene. This step will have clear benefits for workers. Work-related cases of cancer and other serious illnesses will be prevented, improving health and quality of life. The proposal will also benefit companies by reducing costs caused by work-related ill health and cancer, such as absences and insurance payments.

Read the press release of the European Commission to learn more about this first initiative of the Commission's commitment to fight cancer under the upcoming Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.

Visit our web section on work-related cancer and learn more about our project: Workers’ exposure survey on cancer risk factors in Europe