BRUSSELS—The European Tire & Rubber Manufacturers' Association has joined a campaign to ensure proper management of hazardous substances in the workplace.
The Healthy Workplaces campaign, run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, started in May and will last for two years, according to an ETRMA release. As a partner, the industry association will deliver campaign information to its members and share best practices and expertise on managing dangerous substances.
ETRMA also will create a new section on its website to highlight its work in this area and keep the campaign informed about its activities around the management of hazardous substances. The association said it has a long history promoting health and safety in the workplace, and its members regularly share experiences and best practices through a health and safety group.
As an example, it cited the industry's support for the five-year extension of the epidemiological study on the risk of cancer faced by workers first employed after 1975 in the rubber manufacturing industry. This research, which started in 2012, resulted in the publication of three peer-reviewed scientific papers in 2016 and 2017. ETRMA has also produced guidance documents as part of its work in this area.
ETRMA has shown consistent commitment to protect workers' safety and control the risk of dangerous substances, according to Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the association.
"The EU OSHA campaign will certainly boost the development of expertise to control the risk that substances may pose, and we wish to contribute, learn from others and help disseminate best practices across our network," Cinaralp said.