EU to limit worker exposure to rubber chemicals

Brussels – EU lawmakers have agreed to introduce stricter exposure limits for 13 “cancer-causing chemicals” in the workplace, the European Commission (EC) has announced. At least three chemicals used in the rubber industry are listed.

The move is based on an EC proposal to amend the carcinogens and mutagens directive, which was agreed 11 July by the European Parliament and the European Council.

The Commission is pushing for a similar agreement on a second proposal, that would soon extend the controls to cover 20 listed chemicals. Proposals to cover a further set of substances are due early next year.

Among the initial group of 13 chemicals are…

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