The consultation contains proposals for the implementation, in Northern Ireland, of Directive (EU) 2017/2398 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2017 amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work.
Directive (EU) 2017/2398 amends the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) (Directive 2004/37/EC) and sets 11 new and binding occupational exposure limits values (OELVs) and amends 2 existing OELVs for carcinogenic substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to these substances in the workplace. It requires Member States to establish, or amend, their national exposure limits to match those in the Directive.
The Directive also classifies Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) as a carcinogen where it is generated as a result of a work process. Skin notations for four substances are also added.
HSENI proposes to implement the Directive by approving for use in Northern Ireland an updated version of EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits document; and amending the Mines Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016.