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A website for breast cancer and occupational exposure to chemical products

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.

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Annual strategic meeting on Health and Safety in Budapest

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.

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France Télécom: sentence for institutional harassment confirmed

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

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Companies not complying with regulations on dangerous substances

Rapport ECHA

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.

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Calling on the Commission to revitalise EU policy on chemical products


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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The ETUI debates the future of occupational health in Europe

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The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) held a conference in Brussels on 3 - 4 December to debate the outlook for health and safety at work in Europe. Attended by some 200 people, the conference served as a forum for comparing the views of researchers, unionists and political decision-makers.

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Extension of the EU Roadmap on Carcinogens

Per Hilmersson Helsinki

On 28 November 2019, several organisations, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), extended the EU Roadmap on Carcinogens in Helsinki. The objective of this voluntary action scheme is to raise awareness amongst workers and employers about the risks of exposure to carcinogens.

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Spotlighting burnout

Sixième séminaire syndical européen sur les risques psychosociaux

Organised by the ETUI, the sixth meeting of the European trade union network on psychosocial risks at work took place on 24 and 25 September 2019 at Louvain (Belgium). Coming from 14 different countries, twenty-two union representatives working in the field of occupational health took part in this annual meeting to share information and experiences relating to psychosocial risks.

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France: a status report on the occupational health of firefighters


ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, has just published a report summarising current knowledge on the occupational health of firefighters.

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Can the cocktail effect of chemical products contribute to autism?

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An in vitro research project conducted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) reveals that certain substances, although non-toxic when tested alone, can, when mixed with other substances, have a negative impact on neuronal development. These results were presented by Ana Bal-Price in September 2019 at the 47th European Teratology Conference and published in the September 2019 issue of the Reproductive Toxicology journal.

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