Vern av arbeidstakere mot eksponering for kjemiske og kreftfremkallende stoffer: grenseverdier for bly og uorganiske blyforbindelser og for diisocyanater
BAKGRUNN (fra Kommisjonens pressemelding 13.2.2023)
Commission acts to improve protection of workers with new exposure limits for lead and diisocyanates
Today, the Commission has taken action to further improve the protection of workers from the health risks linked to the exposure to dangerous chemicals: lead and diisocyanates. In the case of lead, a significantly reduced exposure limit will help prevent health issues of workers, for example affecting reproductive functions and foetal development. For diisocyanates, a new exposure limit will prevent cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Concretely, the Commission proposes to amend two Directives: for lead, the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxic substances at work , and for lead and diisocyanates, the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work.
The proposed changes will also be key to protect workers in the context of advancing the transition to climate neutrality: both lead and diisocyanates are likely to be used, for example, in the production of batteries and in processes to make electric vehicles lighter, in wind turbines or as insulating materials during building renovations.