Protection of workers: Limit values for lead and diisocyanates

Briefing 26-10-2023

As part of its fight against harmful substances, on 13 February 2023 the Commission tabled a proposal for a directive aimed at protecting workers' health by lowering occupational exposure to lead and diisocyanates. The proposed directive would set, for the first time, occupational limit values for diisocyanates, while revising the limit values for lead for the first time in more than 40 years. It would also include a review mechanism to guarantee regular revisions from now on to make sure that those limit values will be regularly updated, taking into account the latest scientific data. In Parliament, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL), which is responsible for the file, adopted its report on 7 September 2023. The mandate to enter into interinstitutional negotiations was endorsed by the plenary the following week, and negotiations are ongoing. First edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.