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. This edited volume brings together the contributions of 28 experts for a review of the current state of knowledge on the issue, new prevention practices, the evolution of legislation and the recognition of cancers as occupational diseases. It coincides with the revision of the European Directive on the protection of workers exposed to carcinogens and aims to contribute, through evidence-based research, to debates surrounding work to eliminate cancer risks at work.

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Table of contents

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

Gérard Lasfargues: Chapter 1 - Current concepts in carcinogenesis

Andrew Watterson: Chapter 2 - Interactions between chemical exposures and non-chemical exposures in work-related cancers

Richard Clapp: Chapter 3 - Pollution of the literature on occupational cancer

Emilie Counil: Chapter 4 - Tracking the occupational exposure of cancer patients: the Giscop93 survey

Klaus Kuhl and Lothar Lissner: Chapter 5 - Links between occupations and cancer: the strengths and limitations of the NOCCA project

Paolo Crosignani, Edoardo Bai, Stefania Massari, Alessandro Marinaccio, Giovanni Chiappino, Enrico Oddone: Chapter 6 - Occupational Cancer Monitoring in Italy

Rolf Gehring: Chapter 7 - Asbestos: the long reach of the deadly fibre

Lars Brogaard and Janne Hansen: Chapter 8 - Prevention of pollution-related cancers at Copenhagen Airport

María José López-Jacob, Cristina Núñez Morán, Miguel Angel Biel-Biel: Chapter 9 - Trade union initiatives to replace carcinogenic solvents

Henning Wriedt: Chapter 10 - Reducing carcinogens in the workplace: lessons from Germany on how to complement substitution

Brahim Mohammed-Brahim: Chapter 11 - Ergotoxicological approach to the prevention of carcinogenic risk in the work environment

Lothar Lissner and Isabella Banduch: Chapter 12 - Substituting hazardous chemicals

Rachel Massey and Molly Jacobs: Chapter 13 - The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act: reducing the use of carcinogens

Laurent Vogel: Chapter 14 - Two-fold legislation: market regulation and workplace prevention

Tony Musu: Chapter 15 - Contributions of the REACH and CLP Regulations to preventing CMR risks

Tony Musu: Chapter 16 - Occupational exposure limits: uses and limitations in worker protection

Tony Musu: Chapter 17 - Why should the scope of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive be extended to reprotoxic substances?

Laurent Vogel: Chapter 18 - A tortuous and conflict-laden process: the revision of the directive protecting workers against carcinogens

Henning Wriedt: Chapter 19 - The medium-term perspective: a single OSH Directive for all chemical substances

Christine Kieffer: Chapter 20 - Occupational cancers: what recognition in Europe?

Anne Marchand: Chapter 21 - What is stopping the recognition of occupational cancers?

Annie Thébaud-Mony: Chapter 22 - Ensuring recognition of the link between cancer and multiple exposures to carcinogens at work

Tony Musu: Chapter 23 - The economic burden of occupational cancers in the European Union

Chapter 24 - European Trade Union Confederation response to the first stage of consultation with the social partners on possible future reviews of Directive 2004/37/EC

Chapter 25 - European Trade Union Confederation response to the second stage of consultation with the social partners revisions of Directive 2004/37/EC