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Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Second proposal [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nicole Scholz (3rd edition, updated on 12.4.2019),

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

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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. Trilogue agreement was reached on 11 October 2018. As proposed by the European Parliament, diesel engine exhaust emissions were included in the scope of the directive. After completion of the legislative procedure, the final act was signed by the presidents of the co-legislators on 16 January 2019. Directive (EU) 2019/130 entered into force on 20 February 2019 and is to be transposed into national laws within two years, by 20 February 2021 at the latest.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work
Committee responsible: Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) COM(2017) 11
Rapporteur: Claude Rolin (EPP, Belgium) 2017/0004(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Marita Ulvskog (S&D, Sweden)
Anthea McIntyre (ECR, United Kingdom)
Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE, Spain)
Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL, France)
Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France)
Laura Agea (EFDD, Italy)
Joëlle Mélin (ENF, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Directive (EU) 2019/130
OJ L 30, 31.1.2019, p. 112–120

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