Health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields):
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 10/06/2013 First transmission: 10/06/2013
- extracts from the - report Elisabeth by MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR)
Background:Rapporteur Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR) presented her report on new EU rules designed to improve the safety of workers most exposed to electromagnetic fields. The text, already informally agreed with the Council, incorporates new international limit values but allows sector-specific exceptions, e.g. for the army or magnetic resonance imaging in health care. Employers would have to assess and reduce risks. The rules would apply to all sectors but focus on workers who are exposed to high risks, for example in heavy industries such as steel or metal processing, or who work long hours close to television or radio broadcasting stations, radar installations or mobile phone pylons.
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||SOUNDBITE (French): Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER, rapporteur: "The directive on protecting workers exposed to electromagnetic fields is going to cover all fields, that is one strong point. Second, we adopted a very strong position when it comes to informing workers, to make sure that they have been informed about the risks associated with electro magnetic field. Third we put into place a supervision of health workers that are exposed to electro magnetic fields."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Laszlo ANDOR, EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: "It should be recalled that the reasons for the revision of the original directive stand from scientific research that showed that the existing threshold values could be set higher without causing health problems. Furthermore some industries, in particular the medical sector indicated that conforming to this threshold values would unduly hamper the performance of magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, in diagnostic and curative medicine, as well as in research. This interne could have undesirable effects on public health."
||SOUNDBITE (Greek): Sylvana RAPTI, (S&D, GR): "In those cases where someone feels ill and has some instant reaction to electro magnetic fields, they can be protected and can go strait away to a doctor without paying anything for that. Secondly we are guaranteeing that there will be research for long term effects."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Marian HARKIN, (ALDE, IRE): "If there is conclusive evidence then the Commission shall and that is a very important word, shall present a proposal dealing with the long term effects. The alliance of MRI, which is a coalition of patient groups, scientists and the medical profession, right across of the EU are fully in support of this legislation and I'm pleased to hear that Commission is producing a non binding guide in regard to 'good practise' that is an essential part of this whole process."
||SOUNDBITE (German): Evelyn REGNER, S&D, AU): "The new directive on the basis of threshold values represents significant progress in terms of protecting workers rights, but certain areas enjoy derogations. And in implementing these derogations there is a call for extreme caution, there should not be any divergence in the level of protection of works across different member states."
||SOUNDBITE (French): Michèle RIVASI, (Verts/ALE, FR): "Sometimes radiofrequencies can be cancer causing so I think it is important for us to have certain action values and certain limit values. Now one thing that is regrettable is that we haven't focused on the long term effects, there are a whole series of studies that have focused on long term effects and I think that Member states need to be more prudent and recognize the secondary effects. Now the Commission needs to put together a directive to benefit better the population."
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