Progress has been made on the second revision of the EU’s carcinogens and mutagens Directive, after the European Parliament’s Employment Committee adopted a draft report on the Commission’s proposal. The committee also agreed a mandate to enter into inter-institutional negotiations as EU member states have already adopted their negotiating position. As such a plenary vote in Parliament is not needed. The second revision sees new binding occupational exposure limits (Boels), and in some cases skin notations set for:
- ethylene dibromide;
- ethylene dichloride; and
- mixtures containing benzo(a)pyrene.
According to the committee, the main industries using these substances are: construction, metals, tool makers, and automotive manufacturers and repair shops. Further information is available at: Committee statement
Chemical Watch, 5 April 2018 ; http://chemicalwatch.com