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An update on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work

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An update on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work
  • Directive (EU) 2017/2398 is an update to Directive 2004/37/EC, the carcinogens and mutagens directive, which every EU Member State must implement into a national regulation by 17 January 2020.

  • Article 14 of Directive 2004/37/EC is replaced, requiring Member States to make arrangements for the relevant health surveillance of workers where there may be a risk to health or safety. All cases of cancer resulting from occupational exposure to a carcinogen or mutagen shall be notified to the competent authority.

  • Article 18a is added to Directive 2004/37/EC, in which the Commission are required to evaluate the need to modify the limit value for respirable crystalline silica dust.

  • By the first quarter of 2019, the Commission must assess the option of amending the scope of Directive 2004/37/EC to include reprotoxic substances.

  • Point 6 is added to Annex I (the list of substances, mixtures and processes under the definition of ‘carcinogen’) of Directive 2004/37/EC, which adds “work involving exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust generated by a work process”.

  • Annex III of Directive 2004/37/EC is replaced as follows:

A. LIMIT VALUES FOR OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE: Limit Values and Other Directly Related Provisions (Article 16)

B. OTHER DIRECTLY RELATED PROVISIONS: p.m.’

 

If you wish to discuss the implications of the changes to the carcinogens and mutagens directive please contact either Anthony.Wilson@cea-res.co.uk or Peter.Godfrey@cea-res.co.uk.

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