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19/11/2018

France: Temporary workers more exposed to occupational risks than other workers

Temporary workers are more exposed to occupational risks than other workers. This finding stems from a new study conducted by DARES, the research and statistics department of the French Ministry of Employment. Temporary workers are greatly exposed to physical stress in their work, with 22% of them having to handle heavy loads for more than 20 hours a week, compared with 12% for the whole French workforce. However, the only physical exposures more present among temporary workers are repetitive work for more than ten hours a week (29% against 21% for the whole workforce), as well as vibrations of the upper limbs (arms, shoulders) (7% against 6%), these differences being significant, everything else being equal.

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19/11/2018

Canada: alarming reports about breast cancer among customs workers

Reports of 10 to 20 or more cases of breast cancer among Ambassador Bridge workers has a University of Windsor researcher and the union representing customs workers calling for an investigation.

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22/10/2018

Canada’s unions applaud asbestos ban regulations

Canada’s unions applaud the federal government for introducing regulations to ban the import, export, manufacture, sale and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The regulations, announced in December 2016 will come into force on December 30, 2018.

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17/10/2018

Employers and unions call on Commission to include reprotoxicants in the Directive on carcinogens and mutagens at work

On 16 October the European chemical industry and trade unions agreed that European Union (EU) workers should be better protected from the risks related to exposure to reprotoxic substances. In a joint declaration, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the industriAll European Trade Union, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) called on the European Commission to extend the scope of the Directive on the protection of workers from carcinogens and mutagens to reprotoxic substances.

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12/10/2018

REACH: NGO criticises poor quality of registration dossiers

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) says that 32% of the chemicals made or imported into the European Union since 2010 in quantities exceeding 1 000 tonnes per year have breached the REACH regulations. This statement is based on a joint study by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR) and the German Environment Agency (UBA).

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11/10/2018

Diesel emissions will fall under the scope of the Carcinogens directive. A victory for the workers’ movement

On 11 October, the European Parliament and the Council came to an agreement on the Commission's second proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. Eight additional substances will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, including diesel engines exhaust emission (DEEE) in workplaces. The European Trade Union Confederation has welcomed the announcement.

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4/10/2018

2018 Prescrire Prize awarded to an ETUI publication

The ETUI was announced as one of the winners of the 2018 Prescrire Prize in Paris on Thursday, 4 October 2018 for its publication entitled ‘Endocrine disruptors: an occupational risk in need of recognition’. These awards have been given out every year since 1989 by the French journal Prescrire, renowned for its work on drug research and its independence from the pharmaceutical industry.

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2/10/2018

New report on how European countries address the issue of burnout in the workplace

In September, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a report reviewing policies and regulations adopted in Europe to tackle burnout in the workplace.

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2/10/2018

ETUI conference: Women, Work and Cancer

On 4-5 December 2018, the ETUI will be holding a conference in Brussels on work-related cancers. Work on the prevention of occupational cancer in women is currently facing some difficulties. Epidemiological research in this area focuses far more often on men than on women. There is a stereotype of occupational cancer only being an issue for male professions in traditional industries.

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2/10/2018

Chemical risks: French report wants improved employer monitoring

In early September the French Ministry of Labour published a report on the prevention of chemical risks at work.Written by Paul Frimat, a professor in occupational health, this document had been tucked away for several months because it contains several proposals that go against the reforms undertaken under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. Those reforms aim to reduce employers’ obligations in terms of risk prevention. By contrast, the Frimat report calls for increased employer accountability and recognition of occupational diseases due to dangerous chemicals.

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