CARCINOGENS IN THE WORKPLACE IN THE LIGHT OF POLISH AND EUROPEAN LEGISLATION
 
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Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, ul. Czerniakowska 16, 00-701 Warszawa
Publication date: 2016-12-01
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2016; 50:71–81
 
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The exposure of workers to carcinogens in a workplace is a crucial issue of occupational health and safety. For carcinogens, it is not possible to determine safe levels of exposure, because any contact with them poses a risk to the health of the worker. The differences observed in occupational exposure limits for carcinogens are largely due to the differences in cancer risk levels used. Therefore, it is necessary to provide employers of companies producing, using or processing carcinogens with methods and tools for estimation and qualitative evaluation of exposure to these dangerous substances that are simple to use, but give reliable results. Accelerating work on the review of Directive 2004/37/EC and extending the list of substances with the binding values until 2020 with 50 carcinogenic and/or mutagenic substances, is a priority direction of EU actions in the field of occupational health and safety.