EU puts diesel emissions on harmful substance list
The European Parliament and the State members have revised the 2004 guidelines on workers protection against harmful substances. They have added eight new chemicals, including diesel emissions. The exposure limit has been fixed to 0,05 mg/m3.
Back in 2004, the European government introduced a list of harmful substances to protect workers. Today, that same list contains 22 substances, with very clear exposure limits. The European Parliament and the State members just agreed to add eight more harmful chemicals to the list.
The European Commission has proposed to add diesel to the list, against reluctance from state members. The Parliament put forward an exposure limit of 0,05 mg/m3. That threshold is based on Germany’s legislation, which is the only EU country with Austria to have taken actions in that domain. “We’ve planned a two-year period for different sectors and a five-year adaptation period for mines and tunnel-boring companies”, adds EU deputy, Claude Rolin (CDh-EU Popular party).
“This new agreement will allow us to ensure the protection of more than 20 million workers across Europe in the marine, construction, chemical and transport sectors”, declares Social Affairs Commissioner, Marianne Thyssen.
“Thanks to what has been done, we can clearly show workers that the EU is protecting them”, continues Mr Rolin. “Its not accidents that kill the most but cancers. They kill around 7 to 12 people every hour.” This new agreement still has to be validated by a plenary vote at the Parliament.