New EU campaign to protect workers from dangerous chemicals


In January 2017 the Commission launched a two-year programme for updating EU health and safety legislation.


Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, spoke at a press conference in Brussels to mark the campaign launch: "We will continue to raise awareness and take action to limit workers' exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. This is a key priority for the European Commission, not least because the European Pillar of Social Rights entitles workers to a high level of protection of their safety and health at work. EU-OSHA's campaigns are leading the way in reaching workplaces across Europe and help organisations adopt effective approaches to occupational safety and health management with the necessary tools."


The new campaign aims to promote techniques for the proper management of dangerous substances in the workplace. It also focuses on groups of workers who are at particular risk.


Ideas and interventions that make an impact at workplace level are shared through the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards. Furthermore, a range of materials have been developed and made available through a multilingual website to support the campaign.

  • An e-tool to effectively manage dangerous substances in the workplace is available in English and soon will be accessible in three country versions (Austria, Estonia and Romania);
  • database has been created of almost 700 practical tools and guidance documents from 11 Member States;
  • Case studies, infographics and animated short films starring the character Napo can also be found on the campaign website.


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