Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Second proposal

05-12-2018

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. On the whole, trade unions and employers welcomed the current proposal. The European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted its report on 27 March 2018. Interinstitutional negotiations started on 27 May and agreement was reached on 11 October. As proposed by Parliament, diesel engine exhaust emissions were included in the scope of the directive, and a limit value of 0.05 mg/m3 was set. The agreed text is due to be voted in plenary in December 2018. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

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. On the whole, trade unions and employers welcomed the current proposal. The European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted its report on 27 March 2018. Interinstitutional negotiations started on 27 May and agreement was reached on 11 October. As proposed by Parliament, diesel engine exhaust emissions were included in the scope of the directive, and a limit value of 0.05 mg/m3 was set. The agreed text is due to be voted in plenary in December 2018. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.