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Procedure : 2016/0130(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0064/2017

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 24/10/2017 - 16
CRE 24/10/2017 - 16

Votes :

PV 25/10/2017 - 6.4

Texts adopted :


Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

16. Protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens (debate)
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  Anthea McIntyre, on behalf of the ECR Group . – Mr President, it is very important that workers can be confident that they are working in a safe environment and that their exposure to carcinogens is very carefully controlled. So the first thing we must ensure is that exposure limits are actually measurable in the workplace.

Now the limits originally set out in the Commission proposal were the result of many years of detailed work including evaluations and fitness checks, and frankly it was easy for me, coming from the UK, to agree to the majority of the proposed limits, as we already have these lower limits in Britain. But as well as enforcing the exposure limits, Member States should be encouraging businesses to strive for the lowest levels possible, lower, in fact, than the levels set in legislation.

I am really concerned by claims that a consequence of Brexit will be a race to the bottom for workers’ rights and health and safety standards in the UK. But in fact the UK has the highest health and safety standards. We have one of the lowest fatality rates among Member States, second only to Malta, and our rates of work related ill-health, and of workers reporting that their jobs risk their health, are lower than most other Member States’.

So, to conclude, there is an established and rigorous process for setting limits to ensure that they are evidence-based, proportionate, measurable and achievable, and as policymakers we must respect this.

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