On the 24th of September, the Roadmap on Carcinogens made an important pit stop in Vienna on its journey to tackle work-related cancer. The Austrian government is one of the six founding partners of the Roadmap since the start in Amsterdam in May 2016 during the Dutch EU Presidency conference. Austria holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July until Dec 2018 and dedicated their Presidency conference to the fight against occupational cancer. The EU conference in Vienna marks an acceleration in our efforts to prevent exposure to cancer causing agents in the workplace that in Europe alone accounts for more than 100.000 deaths each year. At the very start of the 2-days conference, the Finnish government announced to bring the Roadmap on Carcinogens further to Helsinki 2019.
Thanks to the effort of Austria and Finland the Roadmap continuous to move through Europe to offer solutions to business who have to take measures to prevent exposure to carcinogens. It also means that the topic stays high on the political agenda. The Dutch Focal Point is one of the projects from TNO Work Health Technologies and offers strategic advice, develops products and executes the roadmap on carcinogens in Europe and the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.