2000 fewer deaths every year in EU due to measures against carcinogens

Every year, more than one hundred thousand people die in Europe as a result of working with carcinogens. For the Netherlands, this was reason enough to make the subject one of the priorities during its Presidency of the European Council. At the start of a three-day European conference in Amsterdam on work-related cancer, minister Lodewijk Asscher expressed his pleasure at the steps taken by the European Commission in relation to this matter. Earlier this month, the European Commission announced a proposal for thirteen new protective thresholds.

Euro Commissioner Thyssen: ‘Cancer has an enormous impact on workers, their families, industry and society. With this proposal we will save 100,000 lives in the next 50 years. Protection of workers is at the core of the Commission’s commitment to a strong social Europe.’

Several businesses comply with legislation concerning carcinogens. Others might need help with this. That is why today, at the initiative of the Netherlands, the ‘Roadmap on Carcinogens’ has been launched. The Roadmap is a voluntary action scheme that provides for the exchange of good practices, at enhancing knowledge among businesses about exposure to carcinogens, and how this can be reduced effectively. The action scheme will run until the Austrian presidency in 2019. It will assist employers and employees, especially those in small and medium-sized enterprises, as they develop measures designed to ensure that the new thresholds will be adhered to.

At the end of the conference, the six Roadmap initiators took an important first step towards the signing of a covenant. They are the European employer and employee organisations, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the European Commission, and the governments of Austria and the Netherlands. They are committed to keeping the prevention of work-related cancer as a priority on the agenda until at least 2019.

The Netherlands Focal Point for Safety and Health at Work will actively contribute towards the Roadmap, both in the Netherlands and beyond.

 

More information:

Animatie Roadmap: https://youtu.be/yEjsSiMzvnU

http://www.roadmaponcarcinogens.eu

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1656_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=2536&furtherNews=yes

https://osha.europa.eu/en/themes/dangerous-substances

About the NL-FOP:

The Netherlands Focal Point represents the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in the Netherlands. NL-FOP actively contributes to further development of occupational safety and health in the Netherlands and in Europe by importing and exporting knowledge, instruments and best practices.http://www.arboineuropa.nl

Contact information in relation to this press release:

NL-Focal Point, Laurie Hermans: +31 088 866 60 86, laurie.hermans@tno.nl

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The signed convenant and the concerned parties

Downloads:

– klik  hier voor de Nederlandse versie van het persbericht

– click  here for the English press release

– download het getekende convenant hier

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