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2014 – More than just another NepSi Year

Social Dialogue Agreement on the reduction of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS): Companies encouraged to engage actively in the NePSi reporting campaign

The NePSi signatories of the involved industry sectors associations and trade union federations strongly ask and encourage its members and companies to support the agreement once more by contributing their own reporting data to ensure a comprehensible and detailed reporting in 2014.

The strong plea to actively participate in the reporting campaign has to be seen against the background of the political considerations which are coming to an end: 2014 is the year when for lack of broader support from all affected industries the Commission is expected to decide that legal measures are needed to achieve the level of protection regulators and employees want to see implemented. Two legal implementation options are currently being assessed, the Carcinogens and Mutagens as Work Directive (Directive 2004/37) and the Chemical Agents at Work Directive (Directive 98/24). The European Association of Industrial Silica Producers (EUROSIL) contracted a study aimed at assessing the socio-economic impacts of introducing binding or indicative limit values for respirable crystalline silica.  “The study comes to the conclusion that additional efforts of 152 billion Euros for a 10-year period (2015 to 2025) are expected for the European industry in case of an implementation of a binding limit value in the Carcinogens and Mutagens at Work Directive while introducing a binding limit value in the Chemicals Agents at Work Directive is related to 25 billion Euros expected costs (23 billion Euros for an indicative limit value).” In addition to the considerable effect the introduction of a binding limit value for RCS would have on costs, depending on the legislative instrument chose, a similar impact was identified with regards to jobs. While introducing a binding limit value for RCS via the Carcinogens and Mutagens as Work Directive would put more than 7500 jobs at risk, opting for the Chemical Agents at Work Directive as legislative instrument would reduce the jobs at risk by more than 90%. While the impact of the potential legal instrument on costs and jobs is considerable, the study also concluded that the effect on costs and jobs of a binding limit value for RCS thorough out Europe vs. an indicative limit value is less than 10%.

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