Existing rules that limit carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace date back more than 10 years. Parliament wants to better protect workers by updating the rules to include more cancer-causing chemical agents, impose stricter limits on some substances and ensure that exposed workers get life-long medical surveillance.
Cancer. It's the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU, with around 20 million workers exposed to harmful elements. Cancer-causing substances could be anywhere – in the air, the walls, uniforms, machinery – and in many workplaces. You could say almost all sectors, but the construction sector is one we often mention. It's the different industrial sectors. It's the service sector. MEPs are updating the rules to better protect workers from exposure. 31 million tonnes of carcinogens, mutagens and other toxins are produced annually in Europe. 11 new chemicals have been added to a list of substances subject to exposure limits. Stricter limits will be imposed for some elements. And exposed workers should have life-long health surveillance. Employers will have to assess workplace risks and take preventive measures. You should not die from your work. You should enjoy going to work. It should not be that you are taking a risk and you can lose your life. Parliament is also calling on the Commission to include substances harmful to reproduction in future revisions.