LOGROÑO, Nov. 21. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Know the risks of exposure to carcinogenic substances; provide help to businesses and workers; involve all stakeholders and increase their participation; as well as directing innovation to bridge the gaps between research studies and the needs of companies; are the key objectives of the roadmap on carcinogens (‘Roadmap on carcinogens’) emerged within the framework of the Council of the European Union.
In this framework, six European organisations, Austria, the Netherlands, Business Europe, the European Trade Union Confederation, EU-OSHA and the European Commission, joined forces to develop a voluntary action plan to raise awareness of the risks arising from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
Since its inception (2016), the The number of committed organizations has been increasing, with the majority of governments from the successive presidencies of the EU Council joining in, such as Spain (March 2022). This roadmap is scheduled to end in 2024 with the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Deputy Director General of Social Dialogue and Labor Relations, Pilar Simón, who has attended since Monday the technical conference ‘Prevention of cancer of occupational origin’, held in Madrid, warns that “occupational diseases derived from carcinogens are the first cause of death in the EU”.
“It must be made visible that exposure to these agents today can be cancer tomorrow and that it is essential to offer completely safe work environments and, when they are not, PPE must be used. The goal is zero deaths from exposure to carcinogens“he concludes.
The Occupational health is one of the priorities of the Government of La Rioja during this legislature. Proof of this is its provision in the 2024 Budgets, with close to 1.4 million euros..
He development of a Work and Mental Health Prevention Plan, prevention campaigns and activities together with the sectors with the highest accident rate, or prevention activities with the FER and the unions through the prevention delegates, will focus the preventive program.