Agreement close on second revision of carcinogens and mutagens Directive

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:

  • trichloroethylene;
  • 4,4-methylenedianiline;
  • epichlorohydrine;
  • 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

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