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EU Moves to Limit Chemicals in the Workplace, Electronics

June 15, 2017, 6:04 PM

European Union member countries are backing a plan to establish bloc-wide workplace exposure limits on five cancer-causing substances that would protect more than 4 million workers at industrial sites producing chemicals, lubricants, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Ministers from the EU’s 28 nations June 15 approved the amending directive, which would write the exposure limits into Annex III of a 2004 law (Directive 2004/37/EC), requiring employers to reduce worker exposure to carcinogens and mutagens. The law also obliges employers to provide workers and authorities with information about the risks of carcinogenic substances in the workplace.

The five substances covered by the amending ...