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5 December 2011

European unions and employers call for machinery and equipment with reduced wood dust emission

The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) have been campaigning since 2009 to reduce workers' exposure to wood dust, a cause of various ailments including occupational cancers such as the ethmoid and sinus cancers.
In a Joint Declaration adopted on 21 November, the European social partners from the wood sector asked the European Commission to verify whether the machinery and equipment marketed in the EU were designed and manufactured to reduce the wood dust emission to a minimum.
In order to improve communication and dialogue with the producers of woodworking machinery, the social partners from the wood sector suggested that the European Commission set up a working party connected with the technical committee (TC 142) of the European Committee for standardisation (CEN) in charge of developing safety standards for woodworking machines.

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