Written by Nicole Scholz (1st edition),
The European Commission has proposed to amend Directive 2004/37/EC by expanding its scope and by including and/or revising occupational exposure limit values for a number of cancer- or mutation-causing chemical agents. The initiative is proceeding in steps. The first proposal, submitted in May 2016, covered 13 priority chemical agents. The current (second) proposal addresses a further seven agents.
Broad discussions with scientists and the social partners fed into both proposals. While welcoming the current proposal, trade unions nonetheless deplore its lack of ambition and notably criticise the fact that diesel-engine exhaust emissions have not been included in it. Some actors on the employers’ side, reacting to the Commission’s set of measures as a whole, welcome the specific guidance to help enterprises implement rules. The legislative process is still in its initial stages.
- May 2017: ‘Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Second proposal‘ (1st edition)