EU campaign launched to fight risks of dangerous substances at work

The campaign, launched on 13 May, aims to address companies’ lack of awareness of the risks and regulatory duties regarding employee exposure to chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substances at work.

The campaign will take place in the current as well as future
EU Member States to culminate in the European Week for Safety and
Health at Work in October 2003, whose motto is "Dangerous
Substances - Handle with Care".

A shocking 20 per cent of EU employees, namely,
32 million people, are exposed to carcinogenic agents and even more
inhale fumes and vapours for at least a quarter of their working
time. The campaign organiser European Agency for Safety and Health
at Work aims at raising awareness and promoting activities
involving safety and health institutions, trade unions, company
managers and employees.


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