The special report of the latest issue of HesaMag looks at workers' exposure to chemical risks. Six years after the REACH Regulation came onto the books, is Europe’s chemicals market now kinder to health and the environment?

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Be happy - you've been consulted

Despite pressing calls from Parliament, unions, the Luxembourg Advisory Committee and other stakeholders the Commission has not budged. As... Find out more

Barbara Matejčić

Croatia: painful lessons in market economics

Croatia joined the European Union in July to indifference among EU citizens and Croats alike. The reason – the economic crisis. The twenty... Find out more

Denis Grégoire, Fabienne Scandella

Renault drives change for the worse say employees

Malaise in the workplace is on the rise and coming under increasing media scrutiny. Reports often focus on "bullying petty dictators" and... Find out more

Vicent Boix

Farmwork in Central America: back to the bad old days

Time seems to have stood still in the plantations of Central America where trade unions are suppressed and near-slavery working conditions... Find out more

REACH: halfway there or half-baked?

How is REACH doing five years after the Regulation went live? The European Commission and ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, think things... Find out more

Revision of the Carcinogens Directive: anything happening?

The key law that protects workers against carcinogens in the workplace has been under revision for close on a decade. The process has long... Find out more

Berta Chulvi, Dolores Romano

Our hormonal system under chemical attack

We are surrounded in and out of the workplace by more than 1 500 chemicals that can interfere with our hormonal system. They are called... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Labour inspectors have a REACH mountain to climb: "You can’t pretend to know it all"

Giulio Andrea Tozzi is a qualified chemist who has worked since 1981 in Genoa’s local health agency HSW Department, which carries out... Find out more

Diego Alhaique

Murano glass: Italy’s pride plays the substitute card

Murano glass is part of Italy’s world-famed cultural heritage. The dexterity of generations of families of master glassmakers have kept one... Find out more

REACHing out to the world

The adoption of the Chemicals Regulation in 2007 has forced the EU’s main trading partners into action so that Europe’s doors do not slam... Find out more

Offloading the harm on China

China’s share of the global chemicals market has more than tripled in ten years, rising to 27% in 2011. The growth has come with major... Find out more

Nicolas Latteur

Collective action to transform work

Working conditions are getting worse and worse. The harm they are doing to employees makes health and safety at work critical. But rather... Find out more

Class, gender and ethnic relations on London’s building sites

How do you get into the building trades? It requires a high level of skill, mostly acquired informally. It is learned not so much in the... Find out more

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Chemical hazards: state of play 6 years into REACH