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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

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Protecting workers: stricter limits on cancer-causing substances

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 settembre 2017

europeNew EU rules to protect workers from carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace were voted in by the Employment Committee. The legislation, approved by 42 votes in favour, none against and 8 abstentions and already informally agreed with EU Ministers, sets EU-wide rules to eliminate and reduce all carcinogens and mutagens in workplaces.Employers will have to assess the risk of exposure for workers and take preventive measures. This should tackle the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU, i.e. cancer. The aim is to help save up to 100 000 lives over the next 50 years.It includes a lower “occupational exposure limit (OEL)”, i.e. a maximum quantity of harmful substances that workers can be exposed to, for:
· chromium VI, used in textile dyes, paints and leather tanning materials and generated during the casting, welding or cutting of stainless steel
· hardwood dust, produced, for instance, by cutting or pulverising wood
· vinyl chloride monomer, mainly used to produce PVC
MEPs ensured that the Commission will have to assess the possibility of including reprotoxic substances, i.e. those having effects on sexual function and fertility, by the first quarter of 2019.New rules also establish that the national authority responsible for the health surveillance of workers can decide that health surveillance must continue after the end of exposure, for as long as needed to safeguard health.
For chromium VI, a limit value of 0,010 mg/m3 will be in place for the first 5 years after the date on which it is applicable in national law, subsequently lowered to 0,005 mg/m3 afterwards. A derogation for welding, plasma cutting or similar processes puts a limit of 0.025 mg/m3 for the first 5 years and 0,005 mg/m3 thereafter.For hard wood dust, a limit is set at 3 mg/m3 for five years after the entry into force of the directive and is thereafter lowered to 2 mg/m3. The Parliament will put the draft directive to the final vote during one of forthcoming plenaries.

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Drugs: MEPs give green light to the launch of negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 febbraio 2015

drogheThe Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee decided on Thursday to open the negotiations on the legislative files on new psychoactive substances and on criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking. The three-way talks between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission (trialogues) will start after the Council reaches a general approach on these files.
The proposed rules aim to ensure that harmful psychoactive substances, known as “legal highs”, are withdrawn rapidly from the EU market. In their first reading vote on 17 April 2014, MEPs sought to protect the health and safety of young people from these drugs, whilst ensuring that trade in lower risk substances for industrial and commercial uses is not hindered. Criminals who breach the ban on the most harmful substances could face up to ten years in jail. Previous press release. The mandate for the negotiations correspond to the amendments adopted in plenary during the previous term, as reconfirmed by the Civil Liberties Committee in its decision to resume its “unfinished business” (rule 229 of the EP Rules of Procedure).The decision by the committee to enter into negotiations with the Council and the Commission in view of an agreement also includes a decision on the composition of the EP negotiating teams.Mandate on new psychoactive substances and on criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking
Rapporteurs: Michał Boni (EPP, PL), for the new psychoactive substances, and Teresa Jiménez-Becerril (EPP, ES), for the criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking. EP negotiating team for new psychoactive substances: Michał Boni (EPP, PL), as rapporteur, and shadow rapporteurs Anna Hedh (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz (ALDE), Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL), Bodil Ceballos (Greens/EFA) and Gerard Batten (EFDD) EP negotiating team for criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking: Teresa Jiménez-Becerril (EPP, ES), as rapporteur, and shadow rapporteurs Anna Hedh (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz (ALDE), Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL), Bodil Ceballos (Greens/EFA) and Gerard Batten (EFDD) Results of the votes on the decisions on the opening of negotiations: 51 votes in favour and 3 against

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