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Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Job-related cancers claim around 100,000 lives in the EU each year, making them the leading cause of job-related deaths. The two-day conference “STOP Cancer at Work” addressed this issue with a broad program ranging from risk assessment and appropriate use of substances and substance groups to substitution possibilities for hazardous materials. “Substitution” is the first core element of the STOP principle, which determines the hierarchy of protective measures at work. The conference took place within the framework of the “Roadmap on Carcinogens”, a voluntary agreement between partners in Europe, which Germany officially joined in November 2019. Around 100 people from industry, trade unions, science and the European Chemicals Agency actively participated, exchanging views on further steps to stop job-related cancers. The experts all agreed that in addition to the necessary laws and ordinances, further efforts need to be made to support companies in protecting their employees. The speakers presented ideas and initiatives on how to make good practices and solutions available to all employers and employees. The “Roadmap on Carcinogens”, which has an important role to play in this effort, is a joint European-level initiative of several member states and employers ‘and employees’ organizations. On its platform, which is free of charge for everyone and was the focus of the conference, the Roadmap on Carcinogens provides best practice solutions and practical ideas for making working with carcinogens safe. The conference also addressed future EU-level policies on occupational health and safety and the internal market, as well as their impact on cooperation between the various stakeholders. The event was broadcast from the Energiehalle of the DASA Working World Exhibition in Dortmund. A total of over 1,500 viewers from 26 countries followed the event’s livestream. You can find further information about occupational safety here.


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