Better protection against cancer-causing chemicals

Cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of the total and therefore the single biggest health risk to workers in the European Union.

The Commission will improve workers protection by added new limit values in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive for 13 cancer-causing chemicals. These limit values set a maximum concentration for the presence of a chemical carcinogen in the workplace air. The proposal is based on scientific evidence and follows broad discussions with scientists, employers, workers, Member States’ representatives and labour inspectors.

Introducing these limit values will lead to fewer cases of occupational cancer. They will also promote consistency by defining a ‘level playing field’ for all users and a common objective for employers, workers and enforcement authorities. The proposal therefore leads to a more efficient system of workers’ health protection and improved fairness in the single market.

To read the factsheet on the 13 cancer-causing chemicals on the europa.eu website.