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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.


33 CMRs banned in Europe’s textile industry

22 January 2020

The European Commission is going to ban 33 carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxic substances (CMRs) in clothes and textiles produced or marketed in the European Union.

Luxembourg to become the first EU country to ban glyphosate at the end of 2020

21 January 2020
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Luxembourg is set to become the first EU country to completely ban products based on glyphosate. The ban will come into effect in three phases: authorisation to market it will be withdrawn on 1 February 2020. Then there will be a period lasting until 30 June allowing stocks of it to be run down. Finally, the total ban on the use of herbicides containing glyphosate will come into effect on 31 December 2020. This measure was first announced in December 2018 in the context of the coalition agreement underlying the formation of a new government made up of the Socialists, Liberals and Greens.

Claudio Stanzani (1948-2019)

21 January 2020

Claudio Stanzani passed away on 27 December 2019 at the age of 71, after a long battle with cancer.

A website for breast cancer and occupational exposure to chemical products

14 January 2020

The California Department of Public Health has just launched a web tool ( allowing the state’s 6.6 million working women to identify occupational exposures contributing to breast cancer risks. The tool is the product of a collaboration project between researchers from the University of California in San Francisco and the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health. It is part of a wider research programme looking into breast cancer risks associated with work-related exposure to chemical products.

Annual strategic meeting on Health and Safety in Budapest

10 January 2020
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The Health and Safety and Working Conditions Unit of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) organized the Annual Strategic meeting for the Advisory Committee on Health and Safety at Work (ACSH WIG) which was held in Budapest, in September 2019.

France Télécom: sentence for institutional harassment confirmed

20 December 2019
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On 20 December 2019, the Paris criminal court found France Télécom and its former top executives guilty of institutional harassment.

Companies not complying with regulations on dangerous substances

11 December 2019
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On 18 November 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the results of a pilot project on the information provided on chemical substances of very high concern present in consumer articles.

Calling on the Commission to revitalise EU policy on chemical products

11 December 2019

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have made a joint appeal to the European Commission to build a Europe that protects people and ecosystems against chemical pollution.


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Marian Schaapman Head of Unit Health & Safety and Working Conditions


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