The new European Directive 2017/2398 amends Directive 2004/37 / EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work. This amendment should contribute to better protection of workers by setting appropriate limit values for carcinogens and mutagens.
The main modifications
The Commission should consider the possibility of including reprotoxic substances in the scope of the Directive before the end of the first quarter of 2019 at the latest and may submit a legislative proposal on this subject.
Hexavalent chromium compounds
The exposure limit value is currently set at 0.010 mg / m³ for a period of 5 years after the date of transposition (until 17 January 2025) and will then be lowered to 0.005 mg / m³. A derogation has been introduced for welding and plasma jet cutting processes or similar processes that generate fumes, with an exposure limit value of 0.025 mg / m³ for a period of 5 years after the date of transposition ( until January 17, 2025) and 0.005 mg / m³ for the next period.
Dusts of hardwood
The limit value for exposure is currently set at 3 mg / m³ for a period of 3 years after transposition of the Directive (until 17 January 2023) and 2 mg / m³ for the following period.
Crystalline silica dust alveolar
The Commission has undertaken to examine the need to modify the limit value for respirable crystalline silica dust at the next assessment of the implementation of the Directive. The limit value mentioned in the annex is 0.1 mg / m³.