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Cancer is the leading cause of work-related deaths, counting for over 100,000 deaths each year in the European Union alone. Workers are being put at risk by being exposed to deadly carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances in their place of work.

Tony Musu, Senior researcher at the ETUI, has presented the trade union demands for the revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) in front of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) at the European Parliament [speech starting at 14:37:00]. The European trade unions are calling on the EU legislators to:

  • include reprotoxic substances within the cope of the CMD
  • revamp the current system to set Occupational Exposure Limits Values (OELs)
  • consider the combined exposure in OEL implementation
  • revise the BOEL for benzene
  • adopt binging OELs for cobalt and cobalt compounds.

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