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Belgium: Reprotoxic Substances Chemical Industry and Unions Call on European Commission to Update Work Regulations

| Editor: Alexander Stark

The chemical industry and trade unions agreed on the future framework to further protect EU workers from the risks associated with exposure to substances toxic to reproduction at the workplace.

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The chemical industry and workers call on the European Commission to update EU rules on reprotoxic substances at the workplace.
The chemical industry and workers call on the European Commission to update EU rules on reprotoxic substances at the workplace.
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Brussels/Belgium — In a joint declaration, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), industri All European Trade Union, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) call on the European Commission to strengthen the current system of protection of workers’ reproductive health.

Adopting the proposed approach at EU level would benefit both companies and workers across all EU countries. Also, maintaining high standards of occupational health and safety was of paramount importance for the chemical industry. Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC, argues that the agreement was in line with the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and proved that social dialogue was alive and kicking in Europe and delivering protection for workers’ reproductive health.

This joint declaration provides the group’s input into the ongoing debate on revising legal requirements for exposure to reprotoxic substances under the EU Chemical Agents Directive (CAD) and the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). If not managed properly, reprotoxic substances may be responsible for fertility and/or reproductive problems in exposed workers.

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