Chemicals and Occupational Health & Safety

EU Policy and regulation

  • The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) was published on 14 October 2020. The ‎Commission ‎is working on several pieces of legislation which are part of this strategy. ‎
  • In cooperation with other stakeholders, EUROBAT has identified several initiatives of the CSS, such as the Essential Use ‎principle ‎and the recast of REACH.
  • Our Goal: avoid creating a parallel process that could lead to business uncertainty as to which substances can be used and according to which ‎process.

Since its adoption in 1982, the Chemicals Agents Directive (CAD) sets binding biological and occupational exposure limits as well specific health surveillance measures for lead and its compounds, The binding workplace exposure limits for lead and its compounds are now regulated under Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxic substances at work: risk management measures for the control of workplace exposure are strengthened. The EU’s binding limit values are being revised to properly reflect current industry performance in managing lead exposures.