European social partners call for maintaining SCOEL and RAC structure

European social partners call for maintaining SCOEL and RAC structure

20/12/17

On 8 December 2017, European social partners of the chemical industry, industriAll European trade union and the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) signed a joint position on the interplay on the interplay between Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Brussels.

In recent EU-level discussions, it has been proposed to merge the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limit Values (SCOEL) process, which sets European-wide occupational exposure limits, with the work of the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which manages the REACH process.

The ECEG and industriAll Europe are in favour of maintaining the tasks and compositions carried out by the SCOEL and the RAC as is. Furthermore, the social partners and the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee expect to be involved and consulted on any further discussions and decisions on this topic.

In the presence of ECHA Executive Director, Geert Dancet, the joint position was signed by Sylvain Lefebvre, Deputy General Secretary of industriAll Europe, and Dr Jochen Wilkens, chair of the Industrial Relations Expert Group of the ECEG.

For more information please contact: Sylvain Lefebvre and Emma Argutyan.

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