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The impact of REACH on occupational health with a focus on skin and respiratory diseases

The study on how REACH will benefit workers' health was done by researchers from the University of Sheffield, looking chiefly at respiratory and skin diseases.

Eliminating occupational cancer in Europe and globally

cancer WP 2015

This working paper presents arguments for a stronger policy to eradicate occupational cancer in Europe and globally.

Preventing work cancers. A workplace health priority

This publication takes a solid look at the history and causes of work-induced cancers and provides tools for collective prevention.

The cost of occupational cancer in the EU-28

It is estimated that there are approximately 1.3 million cancer deaths in the European Union (EU) every year, and past research suggests that 2-12% of cancer deaths may relate to occupational exposure to carcinogens. In order to establish an effective and efficient strategy for tackling this problem, a better understanding is required of the burden of occupational cancer and the associated key carcinogenic agents.
The aim of this study was to estimate the economic burden of cancer incidence resulting from past occupational exposure to selected carcinogenic agents in the EU-28, so as to assist the trade unions in refining their strategy and actions to tackle occupational cancer.
The cost of work-related cancers 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.

Cancer and work: understanding occupational cancers and taking action to eliminate them

Occupational cancers account for more than 100,000 deaths a year in the EU, yet these could be avoided by eliminating carcinogens in the production processes.

Cancer risks in the workplace: better regulation, stronger protection

In the context of the announced revision of the directive on carcinogenic substances, this publication reviews the limitations of the existing legislation and outlines the priorities for its reform.

Endocrine disruptors: an occupational risk in need of recognition

endocrine disruptors guide

The aim of this publication, which received the 2018 Prescrire Prize, is to raise the awareness of union officials and political decision-makers on workers' exposure to endocrine disruptors. A further aim is to draw attention to the gaps in European legislation on the prevention of this type of workplace risk.

Events

ETUI conference: Work and cancer

14 November 2017 - 15 November 2017, ITUH, 1st floor, Auditorium (Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels)

The conference will focus on cancer related to work and will bring together the stakeholders (social partners, policy makers, academics, etc.) to take stock of what is being done and what is needed at EU level to prevent occupational cancers. The revision of the current EU legislation, the role of occupational exposure limit values, the human, societal and economic costs of work-related cancer and the emerging risks to reproductive health will be amongst the topics on the agenda.

Conference Women, Work and Cancer

4 December 2018 - 5 December 2018, International Trade Union House (ITUH), Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels

Monthly Forum: Occupational Cancer in Europe

16 December 2016 - 16 December 2016, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12:30 - 14:00
occupational cancer in Europe

His and Hers: occupational hazards, health, justice and prevention actors

13 February 2017 - 14 February 2017, ITUH Room B - 1st floor Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5 B - 1210 Brussels

In Europe, there is still a gender-based division of labour: men and women do not occupy the same professions, and when they perform similar jobs, their work activity, their work experiences, their opportunities for career advancement and their remuneration are not identical.

Gender inequalities and occupational diseases

31 January 2012 - Brussels

Study day organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the Belgian Council for Equal Opportunities between Men and Women
Venue: SPF Emploi, Travail et Concertation sociale, rue Ernest Blerot 1, 1070 Brussels

Protecting workers from chemical hazards: 7th ETUI seminar

26 January 2012 - 27 January 2012, Paris

What does it take to have a European union working for workers?

26 March 2019 - 26 March 2019, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU, 1st floor; Avenue de Cortenbergh 30, 1040 Bruxelles; 18h30 - 20h

Launch of the ETUI/ETUC Benchmarking Working Europe 2019 report

Conference on workers’ contribution to safer workplaces

26 June 2017 - 27 June 2017, International Trade Union House, Blvd du Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels

In partnership with various ergonomics societies, the ETUI held on 26 and 27 June 2017 in Brussels a conference on how workers can contribute to the improvement of their working conditions.

Women’s health and work. Sharing knowledge and experiences to enhance women’s working conditions and gender equality

4 March 2015 - 6 March 2015, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels

Sharing knowledge and experiences to improve the working conditions of women and strengthen equality is the main objective of the international conference ‘Women's health and work' that the ETUI organises on March 4-6, 2015 at the ITUH in Brussels. The conference will touch on 6 areas organised in workshops of broad interest: health inequalities and division of labour; women workers exposed to chemicals, work organisation and the interaction with private life, the hardships of work, the design and use of protective clothing, personal protective equipment, tools and machinery for women’s work, and ageing and the long term effects of work. The latter workshop is organised by EU-OSHA.

Others

Spotlight on work-related skin cancers. Dermatologists tell the EU it’s ‘time to act’.

When it comes to occupational cancers, UV radiation is rarely highlighted as a major risk compared to other carcinogens such as solvents or toxic d...

Occupational cancers

In 2014, almost 1.3 million people died from cancer in the EU-28, which equates to more than one quarter (26.4 %) of the total number of deaths. Ma...

Firefighters absorb harmful chemicals through skin

A team of researchers at the University of Ottawa examined chemical exposure experienced by Ottawa Fire Service firefighters during on-shift, emerg...

Occupational exposure to sun claims nearly 50 lives every year in Great Britain

A study by Imperial College London suggests that 2% of all cases of melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – in Britain can be attribute...

Germany: better recognition of occupational diseases

According to the German accident insurance, in 2016 the number of workers affected by a recognized occupational disease increased by 22% compared wi...

Canada: Workplace exposures account for a significant number of cancers in Ontario

On 4 October 2017, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) in Toronto has published a report on work-related cancer in Ontario. The study id...

Enormous gaps identified in the recognition of occupational cancers in Europe

A new report by EUROGIP presents an analysis of the extent to which occupational cancers are recognised in nine European countries: Austria, Belgiu...

Hairdressing and beauty care: European action for safer workplaces

Asthma, respiratory and skin allergies up to and including cancers from handling cosmetic products, musculoskeletal disorders, work pace-related st...

New studies confirm the carcinogenic effects of night work

In recent weeks a number of studies have confirmed the conclusions of older research about the increased risks of cancer for workers who carry out...

High levels of chronic disease among the residents of one of Europe’s largest industrial zones

A survey carried out in two of France’s municipalities which house one of Europe’s largest petrochemical complexes has revealed that two thirds of...

Making the world of work pay more attention to women’s health

The road to equality between men and women in the workplace is still paved with good intentions, albeit a long and boring road where progress occur...

A couple alone against cancer

In Dottignies, a village a few kilometres away from Mouscron on the Belgian-French border, a man has been fighting for several months to get his pa...

Firefighting increases cancer mortality risks

Firefighting exposures increase the risk of death from cancer, according to a study carried out by the NISOH, the U.S. federal agency responsible f...

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 w...

EP slams bladder cancer neglect

The European Parliament (EP) thinks too little attention is paid to bladder cancers, which it dubs "forgotten cancers". The EP quotes WHO figures r...

Belgium: effects of cancer recognised as a disability

In its ruling of 20 February 2018 the Brussels Labour Court equated the effects of cancer to a disability. The case involved a shop employee whose...

ETUI training course on work cancers

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) held a training course on work cancers in Naples from 3 to 6 February 2014. Eighteen trade unionists from...

Preventing occupational cancer starts with data

Australian researchers have developed an IT tool for evaluating the exposure to carcinogens in a large number of industries. Used to process respon...

Nail salon workers at risk of severe ailments – the State of New York adopts measures to tackle the problem

In late July, the New York State Department of Health issued a report on workers' exposure to hazardous chemicals in nail salons. The report's auth...

Occupational cancer: an expert reminds the EU of its responsibilities

In a new ETUI publication, an international occupational health expert invites the European Union to spearhead a global campaign to eliminate occup...

Occupational cancer: an expert reminds the EU of its responsibilities

In a new ETUI publication, an international occupational health expert invites the European Union to spearhead a global campaign to eliminate occup...

France: a trade union campaign on the prevention of breast cancer

Several sectoral and regional branches of the CFDT have launched an ambitious campaign to raise awareness and mobilise people around the issue of b...

France: a trade union campaign on the prevention of breast cancer

Several sectoral and regional branches of the CFDT have launched an ambitious campaign to raise awareness and mobilise people around the issue of b...

Plea for a global plan to combat occupational cancer

Dr Jukka Takala, a world expert on work-related cancer, considers it necessary to establish a global programme for eliminating carcinogens in the w...

EURACTIV seminar on improved prevention of occupational cancers

On 1 July a seminar organised by the EURACTIV press agency was held in Brussels to examine the synergy between the European legislation on the mark...

EURACTIV seminar on improved prevention of occupational cancers

On 1 July a seminar organised by the EURACTIV press agency was held in Brussels to examine the synergy between the European legislation on the mark...

Cancer: main cause of death in western Europe

It’s official. Cancer is now the main cause of death in western Europe, overtaking cardiovascular diseases. That is the main conclusion of a study...

Cancer: main cause of death in western Europe

It’s official. Cancer is now the main cause of death in western Europe, overtaking cardiovascular diseases. That is the main conclusion of a study...

Women, work and cancer – why is the link not being recognized?

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortalities in the EU and is responsible for 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Yet most research and p...

Women, work and cancer – why is the link not being recognized?

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortalities in the EU and is responsible for 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Yet most research and p...

First victory in the fight against occupational cancers

On 28 February, the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs voted in favour of various amendments to the European Commissi...

Key milestone in the fight against occupational cancers

On 11 July 2017, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a draft compromise on revisions to the Directive on the protection o...

Gender, health and work

Generally speaking, women's issues are absent from occupational health and safety policies: the hazards involved are either unknown or underestimat...

Union campaigning

Asbestos has already caused the deaths of thousands of European workers, and is expected to kill another 500 000 in Western Europe by 2030. The lab...

Publication of the directive introducing new limit values into the European legislation on carcinogens

On 31 January 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union published the text of Directive 2019/130. This directive constitutes the second step...

Occupational cancer: the main challenge for the new Community Strategy

About 2.5 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the EU. Their distribution in the population is a function of various factors, and wo...

Recognition of occupational cancers: Belgian families’ fight for justice

For more than ten years, the Metalworkers’ Federation (a member of the Belgian Trade Union Confederation FGTB) has been supporting the families of...

Work-related cancer: emerging from obscurity

Cancer is responsible for 1.3 million deaths in the European Union each year. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), more than 1...

Breast cancer and work: damning figures from the United States

A report published in August 2015 by the Breast Cancer Fund in the United States contains damning figures on the role of working conditions in brea...

Breast cancer and work: damning figures from the United States

A report published in August 2015 by the Breast Cancer Fund in the United States contains damning figures on the role of working conditions in brea...

A French study highlights the under-recognition of work-related cancers

A study once again demonstrates the shortcomings of France’s system for recognising work-related cancers as occupational diseases.

Cancer all-clear for night work was based on ‘bad science’

An Oxford University study that concluded the classification of night work as a cause of breast cancer in women is no longer justified was based on...

Obama’s plan to fight cancer: what role for prevention?

On 12 January Barack Obama announced the launch of a national plan to eradicate cancer. ‘Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and...

Obama’s plan to fight cancer: what role for prevention?

On 12 January Barack Obama announced the launch of a national plan to eradicate cancer. ‘Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and...

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

On 14 November, at the ‘Work and Cancer’ conference in Brussels, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) presented the results of a study on the...

New issue of HesaMag lifts the lid on work-related cancer

Cancer kills 1.3m people in the European Union each year, but a staggering 100,000 of these deaths may be caused by workplace carcinogens, accordin...

Breast cancer compensated as occupational disease for the first time in Canada

On 24 June 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada has found that three hospital workers who contracted breast cancer while working in the laboratory at...

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 representin...

Breast cancer: the workplace aspects are too often forgotten by researchers

An important association of public health professionals has issued an online appeal for an increase in the research resources devoted to investigat...

France: specialist building trades most affected by work-related cancers

Specialist building and metalworking trades are those most affected by work-related cancers, according to a study by the French Agency for Food, En...

France: significant reduction in employment rate five years after cancer diagnosis

On 20 June the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) published the resu...

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

On 2 September 2017, a review of data on the environmental causes of breast cancers was published in the journal Environmental Health. An all-femal...

Monsanto ordered to pay €254 million to gardener living with cancer

On 10 August, a Superior Court jury in California granted Dewayne Johnson, a gardener, $289 million (€254 million) in damages from Monsanto for its...

Revision of European legislation on occupational cancers: only a small step forward

On 11 May the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the Directive on the prevention of occupational cancers. The text proposes t...

Revision of European legislation on occupational cancers: only a small step forward

On 11 May the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the Directive on the prevention of occupational cancers. The text proposes t...

Social health inequalities top of the agenda at ETUI’s ‘Work and Cancer’ conference

‘Workplaces are not merely spaces where people work – they are spaces where people live their lives. Anything which would be prohibited on grounds...

Belgian company ordered to pay damages after dismissing an employee diagnosed with cancer

On 25 October 2016, the Ghent Employment Tribunal ordered a company to pay damages of €22,000 to a former employee who had lost her job while suffe...

Québec: night work most common cause of work-related cancer

Encompassing 14 % of Québec workers, night work is the most common cause of work-related cancer, according to a report published in May 2017 by the...

European trade unions demand a roadmap for the elimination of occupational cancers

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has submitted a response to the consultation launched by the European Commission to determine the fut...

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

On 25 October 2017 the European Parliament approved the compromise negotiated with the Council of Ministers on the first phase of the revision of t...

Revision of the directive on occupational cancers: a political battle requiring staying power

Cancers caused by work have become one of the main legislative battlegrounds in the European Union. The current revision of the directive can alrea...

Cancer at work: more needs to be done to achieve better legislation

Putting more than 10 years of paralysis behind it, in May 2016 the European Commission officially launched a review of the Directive on the prevent...

Cancer in the hospital: one nurse’s lonely battle to defend her rights

Faced with two institutions largely averse to self-criticism, the medical sector and the justice system, one Spanish nurse stood her ground: her lo...

Occupational cancers: avoidable diseases engendering major costs for our societies

The primary cause of work-related mortality, occupational cancers cause high costs for workers, employers and health systems in all European countr...

All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry

Because they contribute to our wellbeing, beauty professionals are rarely seen as workers who face health and safety risks. And yet, those who tak...

Work-related cancers costs between 270 and 610 billion a year in the EU-28

A recent launched book from the European Trade Union Institute finds that work-related cancers costs between €270 and €610 billion a year in the EU...

A coalition of scientists, patients and trade unions demand more effective measures to prevent bladder cancer

On 20 April the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) presented a white paper to Brussels on the subject of bladder cancer. This document is the...

France: work-related respiratory tract cancers cost the country at least EUR 1 billion per year

A team of researchers made up of occupational health economists and an epidemiologist has found that respiratory cancers attributable to work-relat...

Swedish study confirms diesel engine exhaust emissions in the workplace as a major cause of lung cancers

A Swedish study, published in June 2017 in European Journal of Epidemiology, compared the occurrence of lung cancer among workers who had been expo...

An event bringing together researchers and workers provides fresh insights into the prevention of occupational cancer

At an information day on occupational cancer held on 25 October 2016, Laurent Vogel and Tony Musu, occupational health researchers at the ETUI and...

World day for safety and health at work: the ETUC calls for occupational cancer prevention measures

In the run-up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated each year on 28 April, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has...

World day for safety and health at work: the ETUC calls for occupational cancer prevention measures

In the run-up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated each year on 28 April, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has...

World day for safety and health at work: the ETUC calls for occupational cancer prevention measures

In the run-up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated each year on 28 April, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has...

Farm workers and women's hairdressers among professions linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma

New research has identified certain occupations and industries that may contribute to the risk of workers developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group...

Farm workers and women's hairdressers among professions linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma

New research has identified certain occupations and industries that may contribute to the risk of workers developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group...

'We didn’t know how dangerous it was.' Former DuPont workers invoke the responsibility of the chemicals giant

Dozens of former workers at the Lycra factory in the Netherlands have, with the support of their unions, engaged in a battle with the chemicals ind...

Asbestos

EU experts project that 500,000 people in Western Europe will die from asbestos-related causes in the first thirty years of the 21st century! Even...

The European Parliament wants to protect workers from diesel exhausts

On 27 March the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted its position on the second stage of the revision of the Di...

Human lives weighed against corporate profit

At the end of February, the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Committee backed a tightening of the Directive protecting wo...

ETUI seminar on carcinogens at work and chemical risks

The 14th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals took place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2018. It brought togeth...

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 c...

ETUI seminar on carcinogens at work and chemical risks

The 14th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals took place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2018. It brought togeth...

Netherlands: around 500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year

Every year in the Netherlands, approximately 500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer related to exposure to asbesto...

Workers at the root of a bill to introduce a health record

In Belgium, a former union representative has uncovered a cluster of cancers in a telephone plant closed 15 years earlier. The mobilisation of form...

Barroso I: a 5-year standstill on health and safety at work

Workers were hoping for a better legislative framework, especially to tackle MSDs and occupational cancers, but the ex-Portuguese PM’s first term h...

Germany: women's higher incidence of work-related disorders

An initial analysis of a survey done in 2012 in Germany has revealed a "gender gap" in health and safety at work. Women more often than men suffer...

Union campaign criticises Commission apathy towards hairdressers’ health

Since early March, Brussels underground stations have been displaying posters showing how daily exposure to chemicals contained in cosmetic product...

Union campaign criticises Commission apathy towards hairdressers’ health

Since early March, Brussels underground stations have been displaying posters showing how daily exposure to chemicals contained in cosmetic product...

Topics

The themes in the table hereunder are the main topics of ETUI's research and training activities.

HesaMag n°17: All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the working conditions in the beauty ind...

Unions join the fight to ban glyphosate in the European Union

Trade unions are mobilising to urge the European Union to take precautionary action on the use of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicid...

Unions join the fight to ban glyphosate in the European Union

Trade unions are mobilising to urge the European Union to take precautionary action on the use of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicid...

New ETUI publication: better understanding the effects of endocrine disruptors on workers’ health.

Since the 1950s the number of chemical molecules developed in the laboratories of major petrochemical companies has exploded. At the same time, the...

REACH: an unsatisfactory authorisation system

If they are to use substances ‘of very high concern’, for instance because they cause cancer, manufacturers must first obtain authorisations, in ac...

REACH: an unsatisfactory authorisation system

If they are to use substances ‘of very high concern’, for instance because they cause cancer, manufacturers must first obtain authorisations, in ac...

Nantes/Saint-Nazaire dockers battle for health

Up to 200 of them spend their days unloading the thousands of tonnes of cargo shipped into the French port of Nantes/Saint-Nazaire. It’s a hard job...

"My real priority is to build a bridge from workers to policy makers."

In October 2015 Esther Lynch took over responsibility for occupational health and safety issues at the European Trade Union Confederation. The enth...

Fighting for the factory, only to die for it The exemplary fight of the former Givors glassworkers

French sociologist Pascal Marichalar recently published a noteworthy book on the mobilisation of former workers of a glassworks linked to Danone, t...

Hunting for carcinogens at work

In a hospital in the south of France, one oncologist has managed to mobilise his entire department and others around a project to support patients...

Mortality in France: report highlights huge disparities among professions

Manual workers have a higher rate of premature death (before the age of 65) than the general population in France, reveals a study published at the...

A new EU Roadmap on carcinogens

On 25 May 2016, six organisations, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), gathered together in Amsterdam to sign a Covenant on a...

A new EU Roadmap on carcinogens

On 25 May 2016, six organisations, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), gathered together in Amsterdam to sign a Covenant on a...

United States: Bayer-Monsanto sentenced to pay more than $80 million in damages to a glyphosate victim

On 27 March, a federal US court in San Francisco (California) sentenced Bayer-Monsanto to pay more than $80 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman. T...

EU legislation

EU carcinogens legislation can be divided into two categories: that on marketing of carcinogens, and that on protecting workers exposed to them. Bo...

UK: rise in work-related illnesses

Statistics recently released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the number of people made ill through work is again rising in the U...

Trade unions and employers’ associations consulted by the Commission on the Carcinogens and Mutagens at Work Directive

A consultation of trade unions and employers’ associations on the future of the EU Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to...

Chemicals and REACH

The use of chemicals takes a heavy toll on European workers in all sectors - up to 30% of recognized occupational diseases and tens of thousands of...

A trade union survey brings to light health problems experienced by waste industry workers

An opinion poll conducted by the French union CFDT reveals that 60% of employees in the waste industry consider that their work affects their health.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: the ETUC denounces inequalities in terms of health and safety at work

This year, the international labour movement had placed the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, celebrated every 28 April, under the issue of...

More than half of women say PPE prevents them doing their job

The unisex approach applied by most manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) means it is unsuitable and uncomfortable for many female w...

United States: working conditions survey highlights blue /white collar gap

Public health surveys in the United States like those in Europe largely ignore the impact of working conditions. The 2010 survey by a United States...

Increased mortality risk for nurses who work night and evening shifts

Women who work night and evening shifts have an increased mortality risk compared with people who work day shifts, according to a study published i...

United States: New findings show asbestos-related deaths estimated at more than double previously reported

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, announced on 16 April new f...

Cytotoxic drugs: still too much exposure for nursing staff

In France there is still insufficient protection for nursing staff from the risks of exposure to cytotoxic drugs (used in chemotherapy), according...

Making occupational illness visible: a call for a coalition between scientists and workers

Some forty trade unionists and researchers coming principally from Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Spain and Italy took part in a seminar organis...

European Commission fails to protect workers against diesel fumes

On 10 January, the European Commission published its second draft of the revised Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to e...

New ETUI report recommends the adoption by the EU of binding limit values for 71 carcinogens

A new ETUI report identifies more than 71 carcinogenic substances for which binding limit values for exposure of workers at the workplace should be...

A French report confirms the severe health effects of night work

Working night shifts leads to sleep and metabolic disorders, and even severe diseases, according to a study published on 22 June by the French Agen...

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ETUC calls for new laws

Every year on 28 April, the trade unions stage an event to condemn deaths caused by work. This year, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)...

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ETUC calls for new laws

Every year on 28 April, the trade unions stage an event to condemn deaths caused by work. This year, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)...

A French report confirms the severe health effects of night work

Working night shifts leads to sleep and metabolic disorders, and even severe diseases, according to a study published on 22 June by the French Agen...

Netherlands: Health Council proposes an occupational exposure limit for DEEEs

An occupational exposure limit (OEL) for diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) has been proposed in a document published by the Health Council of...

Endocrine disrupters: EU Council backs legal action against Commission

On 29 January 2015 the EU Council of Ministers decided to back Sweden in taking the European Commission to the European Court of Justice. The Europ...

A policy wasteland: the strategic framework on health and safety at work 2014-2020

European Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor put forward a Communication – the "Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work" - on 6 June...

A policy wasteland: the strategic framework on health and safety at work 2014-2020

European Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor put forward a Communication – the "Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work" - on 6 June...

Media

The ETUI's directors and senior researchers are available for the international and national press and media to provide expert comments on issues o...

Revision of the Carcinogens Directive: the European Parliament wants better protection for health workers from exposure to hazardous drugs

On 20 November the European Parliament’s Social Affairs Committee adopted amendments in the third revision of the Directive on the protection of wo...

Workers and chemicals: 12th ETUI seminar

The 12th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place from 30 June to 1 July 2016. It brought together some 4...

Workers and chemicals: 12th ETUI seminar

The 12th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place from 30 June to 1 July 2016. It brought together some 4...

Canada to ban asbestos by 2018

The Canadian government is moving to ban the use of asbestos by 2018, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced on 15 December. The ban on asbestos,...

Detecting work-related diseases using alert and sentinel systems: a report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work

A report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) analyses the alert and sentinel systems used in various European countries...

European trade unions adopt an “Emergency motion” on health and safety at work

On 2 October 2015 European trade union delegates, meeting in Paris for the 13th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), adopted...

HesaMag loses a talented contributor

It is with great sadness that the ETUI has learned of the death of Alessandro Leogrande. A talented writer and journalist, he was the author of a s...

European trade unions adopt an “Emergency motion” on health and safety at work

On 2 October 2015 European trade union delegates, meeting in Paris for the 13th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), adopted...

Second ETUI seminar on occupational diseases

On 25 January, some thirty researchers, trade unionists and representatives of associations attended a seminar organised jointly by the ETUI, the B...

Second ETUI seminar on occupational diseases

On 25 January, some thirty researchers, trade unionists and representatives of associations attended a seminar organised jointly by the ETUI, the B...

Plastic – a human health crisis

A recent report from a coalition of NGOs lead by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that plastic is a human health crisi...

European trade unions' experts evaluate and plan the next steps on health and safety at work

From 8 to 9 September, in Vienna the ETUI organised its annual Strategic Seminar ‘Together for Health and Safety’. This thirteenth meeting gathered...

European trade unions' experts evaluate and plan the next steps on health and safety at work

From 8 to 9 September, in Vienna the ETUI organised its annual Strategic Seminar ‘Together for Health and Safety’. This thirteenth meeting gathered...

Emissions from France’s diesel fleet still qualify as human carcinogens

A note published on 22 May by the government-funded French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) states unequivoc...

New website on carcinogens at work

From 10 October, people interested in the issue of workers' exposure to carcinogens can find useful information and resources on www.roadmaponcarci...

Asbestos lobby wins again

Organizations fighting to get the global trade in asbestos banned have suffered a big knockback. Despite hundreds of thousands of deaths and campai...

Women’s health and work: the quest for visibility

The conference on women’s health and work, organised by the ETUI from 4 to 6 March in Brussels, showed that a situation of equal rights for men and...

Study emphasizes the enormous cost of poorly regulated toxic chemicals

On 5 March, researchers from the New York University School of Medicine disclosed a study concluding that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are...

Workplace chemicals: ETUI puts RISCTOX database online

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has joined with the Spanish Trade Union Institute ISTAS to develop the RISCTOX chemicals database. Worker...

United States: court of appeals rejects an industry request to reduce the level of protection of workers against crystalline silica

On 22 December 2017 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected the challenges to the US Standard on the exposure of workers to crystalline...

Union conference on workplace carcinogens

On 28 April 2017, Malta’s main trade union, the General Workers Union (GWU), held the conference “Together to Eliminate Carcinogens from the place...

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 ‘Endocri...

April 28: health and safety at work threatened by workers’ lack of voice

“We receive reports of workers dead, injured or suffering from diseases contracted at their workplaces every day – and even if chronically underrep...

Endocrine disruptors: calls for a paradigm shift

Endocrine disruptors - chemicals that interfere with the hormone system – are the focus of growing concern in Europe. Istas, the research arm of th...

France: a parliamentary report recommends putting prevention back at the heart of the occupational health policy

The parliamentary committee of inquiry into occupational diseases in industry published its report on 19 July. It contains 43 proposals to enhance...

European Environment Agency spotlights past health scandals to prevent future tragedies

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a 700-odd page report on 23 January on a raft of old and newer health and environmental scandals. An...

Vietnam bans glyphosate

Vietnam has decided to ban all herbicides containing glyphosate. This is a further blow to Roundup, a key product of Monsanto, the US multinational...

Cashiers and printing workers exposed to worrying concentrations of BPA

High concentrations of bisphenol A (BPA) were found in urine samples from cashier staff and manual workers in printing companies compared with the...

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...

European Commission puts health and safety at work on ice

The European Commission released a Communication on its deregulatory policy on 2 October 2013 announcing that all health and safety at work measure...

European Commission puts health and safety at work on ice

The European Commission released a Communication on its deregulatory policy on 2 October 2013 announcing that all health and safety at work measure...

The CJEU annuls the authorisation granted by the Commission on the marketing of carcinogens

On 7 March, the Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the authorisation granted by the European Commission to market lead chromates, stat...

Carcinogens Directive revision: major milestone passed

The European Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) adopted an opinion on 5 December in favour of adding new occupational exposure...

ETUI takes part in cooperation programme between academic research and trade unions in Argentina

In Argentina the national council for scientific and technical research (CONICET) is seeking to promote cooperation between academic research and s...

ETUI takes part in cooperation programme between academic research and trade unions in Argentina

In Argentina the national council for scientific and technical research (CONICET) is seeking to promote cooperation between academic research and s...

Occupational health flatlined in EU

28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organization has marked it with a damning report which cautions that...

Pesticides: European Commission accused of keeping hazardous products on the European market

Senior European Commission officials have been working to water down the criteria used for defining endocrine disruptors and to promote the continu...

Asbestos: the long and winding road to a global ban

An important international meeting on toxic products opened in Geneva on 4 May with, as one of the main items on its agenda, the inclusion of chrys...

Asbestos: the long and winding road to a global ban

An important international meeting on toxic products opened in Geneva on 4 May with, as one of the main items on its agenda, the inclusion of chrys...

ETUI occupational health seminar focuses on the revision of six OSH directives

The main item on the agenda at the ETUI’s annual Seminar on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), held in Tallinn (Estonia) on 6 and 7 September an...

Annual gathering of union experts on occupational safety and health: law enforcement as a key challenge for the future

The 14th edition of the annual trade union strategic seminar on health & safety at work, organised by the ETUI from 10 to 13 September 2018 in Athe...

The CJEU condemns the European Food Safety Agency’s lack of transparency in the glyphosate case

On 7 March, the Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the decisions of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) refusing access to toxicity...

REACH after 10 years: state of play after registration deadline

The European Regulation on chemicals (REACH) is based on the ‘no data, no market’ principle. Manufacturers and importers of chemical substances had...

REACH: five years on, is it delivering?

REACH, the European chemicals regulation, started being implemented in June 2007. Five years on, ETUI chemical hazards expert Tony Musu takes stock...