The European Commission has proposed changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) to increase workers’ protection from cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace.
The change aims to address exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals by including new or amended limit values in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. These limit values set a maximum concentration for the presence of a chemical carcinogen in the workplace air. The proposal is based on scientific evidence and follows broad discussions with scientists, employers, workers, Member States’ representatives and labour inspectors.
This scheme introduces limit values for 13 of identified priority chemical agents including hardwood dust, proposing the limit value of 3 mg/m3.