Crystalline silica is a mineral naturally abundant and a component of materials used in a wide variety of industries. However, prolonged inhalation of respirable crystalline silica may cause a specific type of lung damage. A multi-sectoral agreement bringing together social partners from 14 sectors was signed in 2006 to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, minimise the exposure through good practices and increasing the knowledge about potential health effects. This study provides an assessment of the implementation and impact of the agreement.
The 2007-2012 strategy contributed to reducing the number of work-related accidents. The new one focuses on work-related diseases, adapting the work place to longer working lives, health and safety in micro and small enterprises and making prevention a reflex for all. The magazine also features an extensive interview with outgoing European Commissioner László Andor and a presentation of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German, also in print.