OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY : COMMISSION AIMS TO IMPROVE LABELLING OF HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS.

 
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The European Commission intends to improve information provided to workers on the dangers of chemical substances to which they are exposed at the workplace. On 26 February, it presented a new legislative proposal that amends five existing directives on occupational health and safety (92/58/EEC, 92/85/EEC, 94/33/EC, 98/24/EC and 2004/37/EC) to align them with Regulation 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals. This regulation, which entered into force in January 2009, incorporates the United Nations' globally harmonised system for the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals. It requires the provision of information to users about the related health hazards of such products by means of harmonised communication elements like pictograms and hazard and precautionary statements on...

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