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Health & Safety - working conditions

23% of European workers believe that their safety or their health is at risk because of their work – a figure which shows that working conditions in Europe are not improving. And even though manufacturing employment across Europe is shrinking and losing ground to service jobs, exposure to traditional physical hazards - noise, dangerous goods, heavy lifting, etc. – has not gone away. In this section we monitor latest news and highlight our research activities on working conditions and occupational health and safety.


Occupational cancers in the European Union cost €270-610 billion each year

13 November 2017

On Tuesday 14 November, at the ‘Work and Cancer’ conference in Brussels, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) will present the results of a study on the costs of work-related cancer in the European Union. The cost is immense: between €270 and €610 billion each year, which represents 1.8% to 4.1% of the gross domestic product of the European Union.

Poland: posters competition focused on young workers’ safety and health

7 November 2017

Together with the Academies of Fine Arts, the Polish Central Institute for Labour Protection (CIOP-PIB) has been organising an annual poster contest since 1997 on occupational safety and health protection issues.

Netherlands: Health Council proposes an occupational exposure limit for DEEEs

6 November 2017

An occupational exposure limit (OEL) for diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) has been proposed in a document published by the Health Council of the Netherlands on 26 October 2017. Germany is likewise preparing to adopt an OEL, albeit a higher one than that being proposed by the Netherlands. The two countries will be the first EU Member States to impose a limit in the hope of reducing workers’ exposure to diesel emissions.

Adoption of the first part of the revision of the Directive on work-related cancers

6 November 2017

On 25 October 2017 the European Parliament approved the compromise negotiated with the Council of Ministers on the first phase of the revision of the Directive on carcinogens and mutagens at work.

New data review highlights the major role of working conditions in breast cancers

31 October 2017

On 2 September 2017, a review of data on the environmental causes of breast cancers was published in the journal Environmental Health. An all-female team of researchers reviewed more than 800 studies. They point out that, over the past eight years, a large amount of data has been collected on the role of environmental exposures in the occurrence of breast cancers.

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