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Parliamentary question - E-003313/2022Parliamentary question

Lack of a uniform European limit value system for gases in import containers

Question for written answer  E-003313/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tom Berendsen (PPE)

Containers in international freight transport often contain chemicals and gases, such as toluene, benzene and phosphine. Exposure to excessive concentrations of such gases when opening and entering these containers can pose health risks to workers. Despite existing European thresholds, countries in Europe apply their own limits for the use of gases in import containers. To give you an example, for the use of the carcinogenic substance benzene, the Netherlands applies a working limit of 0.22 ppm, while Belgium and France allow a value of 1.0 ppm.[1] Such differences lead to unnecessary complexity for SMEs in particular and an unequal level of protection of workers in Europe. They also encourage a shift of goods flows to countries with less or no enforcement and less stringent safety requirements.

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