There are already so many inspiring initiatives in the European Member States. Three of the best examples highlighted below.
“My goal today? Action! I'm a researcher, but I'm also practical, searching for effect. We can take steps to counter work-related cancer. To put something in motion, you need both researchers and policy-makers. Today these parties are together and we should take advantage of this. We asked the question: 'what steps can we take to work together in putting and keeping early warning systems for carcinogens in place?', and we have received valuable advice, directly from the field. We will examine them and process them in a publication. Hopefully, these recommendations will be discussed at an EU setting. We have put a first step. Great. But if we really want to achieve something, we have to invest.”
“There are several things that I think make these campaigns outstanding. One of them is that the content is probably okay. There is no doubt about the numbers; there is no doubt about the sense of urgency. Of course, now the question is how to translate those numbers into information that will get people to change their attitude towards these substances. What I really like is the 'zero' in the zero-campaigns. It's a good target, because it's not negotiable. It immediately raises awareness. So if you have to set a goal, make it zero.”
"The removal of asbestos from the VIC buildings was successful, but, we have also realised that workers are also vulnerable to asbestos cement products which have been used in rooves and facades. In the past we didn't realise the danger of these products and we now have to develop strategies for their safe removal. For example, gutters with sediments with high concentrations of asbestos particles need to be removed by workers in adequate safety equipment and have access to mobile cleansing rooms."