The year 2020 has begun with a number of regulatory changes affecting, among other things, the building materials industry and the construction sector.
JSC Latvia's State Forests” (LVM) would like to draw your attention to the amendments to Cabinet Regulation “Occupational Safety Requirements for Occupational Exposure to Carcinogenic Substances in Workplaces”, which have been supplemented taking into account the requirements of European legislation on the protection of workers against the risks related to carcinogenic or mutagenic effects.
The changes are intended to establish or correct workplace exposure limits (limit values) for a number of carcinogens, including respirable crystalline silica dust found in mineral deposits and construction sites, or sand-containing materials.
The purpose of these amendments is to limit the presence of carcinogens used in labour environment in the workplace air, and to reduce the impact of these substances on the safety and health of workers, in particular on the development of tumours.
LVM encourages its partners to include this risk factor in the work environment risk assessment procedure, determining the possible impact on the health of employees at workplaces, and, if necessary, apply good practice measures to ensure a work environment that meets the requirements of labour protection.