Exposure to carcinogens in the workplace causes the majority of fatal occupational diseases in the EU. Many of these deaths could be prevented. There are specific provisions in the EU to protect workers: according to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, employers must assess and avoid or minimise the exposure to carcinogens or mutagens. EU-OSHA is one of the six partners supporting the Roadmap on Carcinogens initiative.
Around 1.6 million people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in Europe every year
More than 120,000 peopleper year are estimated to develop cancer in the EU as a result of occupational exposure to carcinogens
Approximately 80,000 deaths occur each year due to occupational exposure to carcinogens
About 53% of all work-related deathsare caused by carcinogens
2.4 billion € per year are the direct costs of exposure to carcinogens at work across Europe