Regulations & EHS&S

Chemical industry calls on the European Commission to update rules on reprotoxic substances

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

In a joint declaration signed last week, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), industriAll European Trade Union, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) called on the European Commission to strengthen the current system of protection of workers’ reproductive health.

“Adopting the proposed approach at EU level will benefit both companies and workers across all EU countries,” said Marco Mensink, Director General of Cefic.

“Maintaining high standards of occupational health and safety is of paramount importance for the chemical industry,” added Emma Argutyan, Director General of ECEG.

“This agreement is important because it shows that employers and unions are working together to reduce chemical exposure at work and improve working conditions in all sectors,” declared Luc Triangle, General-Secretary of industriAll Europe.

“This agreement is in line with the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and proves that social dialogue is alive and kicking in Europe and delivering protection for workers’ reproductive health,” added Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC.

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.