Ready for the Roadmap

To maintain the good energy and the beautiful results of the conference, workers, employers, European Commission, EU-OSHA, the Netherlands and Austria signed a covenant. ‘A voluntary action scheme on raising awareness and exchanging good practices to deal with risks arising from occupational exposure to carcinogens.’ Let's go!

Esther de Kleuver, director of Occupational Safety and Health at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands

Future steps in European cooperation

"When we were preparing this conference we noticed that there was a lot of knowledge as well as good practices in how to prevent workers from being exposed tot carcinogens. We felt both the urgency and the enthusiasm to start a joint initiative to stimulate the sharing of knowledge and best practices. Employers and workers are willing to support such an initiative. EU-OSHA and the European Commission also acknowledged the importance of such an effort. I'm very delighted to announce that this joint initiative will start today in Amsterdam. It will run until the Austrian presidency in 2019, and is therefore named 'the roadmap Amsterdam-Vienna'. During this time, the roadmap Amsterdam-Vienna will host a range of activities, and I would like to invite all of you on this journey. To share your knowledge and your own good practices by bringing in activities on the roadmap.

 

To support and stimulate continuity and participation of the roadmap, we've just made an agreement - or rather a covenant - that commits partners involved to participate in the exchange of good practices. I would like to express how unique and special it is that everyone here has agreed to work on the subject together. It stresses the importance of the subject for all of us, and our common desire to reduce the number of victims affected by carcinogens.

 

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together we are Ready for the roadmap

 

 

“As workers, we're always looking to ensure that no worker is exposed. That's why this covenant is so important - because in the hierarchy, both legal and moral, the important thing is to eliminate exposure, and substitution is a key part of that. This covenant shows our commitment as Europeans that we don't compete on workers health and safety; we cooperate on workers health and safety.”

Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation

 

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“After twenty years of experience in the field of policy making, I can tell you that more than any measure itself, it is the support it gets, it is the ownership that will really make a difference - and I think this is why this covenant is so important. Because we mutually, jointly, agree that this is a way forward. That we support raising awareness, and that we support good practice. Because in the end it's the workplace-level and the measures you take there to prevent exposure that really matters. No limit value by itself will protect people: it's how you translate the limit values into work practices.”

Kris de Meester, Manager Health & Safety Affairs - International Industrial Relations

 

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“On behalf of the Austrian ministry of Labour, I'm glad that Austria is part of the covenant on carcinogens. Not only because Austria has the honour to have the EU presidency in 2019, but also because Austria has supported the Dutch initiative from the start.

On Monday, minister Asscher said that we cannot change the past but have to act for the future, and it's crucial and important that we have the European social partners on board. Prevention of the exposure to carcinogens on the work-place level is an ongoing issue and has importance after 2019.”

Gertrud Breindl, Chairperson Governing Board of EU- OSHA

 

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Esther de Kleuver, director of Occupational Safety and Health at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands

In European cooperation

“We've just made an agreement – or rather a covenant – that commits partners involved to participate in the exchange of good practices. The signatures were just now put on the covenant in the coffee break, and I'm very proud to be able to show it to you right now.

I would like to express how unique and special it is that everyone here has agreed to work on the subject together. It stresses the importance of the subject for all of us, and our common desire to reduce the number of victims affected by carcinogens."

 

more information Roadmap on carcinogens