On 9th of May 2018, a press conference launching the Polish edition of the European information campaign on dangerous substances, the impact of hazardous chemicals on the health of employees - including the cancer risk was held in in Warsaw. Patronage over the campaign was taken by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The strategic partner of the campaign is the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, and the strategic scientific partner - Professor J. Nofera’s Institute of Occupational Medicine in Łódź.
Research shows that in the European Union, in almost 40% of enterprises, employees are exposed to dangerous chemicals every day. The scale of the problem is also huge in Poland. In 2016, chemical substances and dust were responsible for over 1.4 thousand. occupational diseases, i.e. as many as 70% of all registered cases. A significant number of such cases resulting from contact with dangerous chemistry are neoplastic diseases - it is estimated that due to them, in the EU more than 102 thousand employees die each year, and about 7.5 thousand in Poland.
- DSc Danuta Koradecka, Director General of the Central Institute for Labor Protection - National Research Institute, emphasizes that employers and employees should understand potential threats and undertake preventive actions. In order to raise awareness and provide reliable knowledge, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work - EU-OSHA - launched an information campaign entitled "Hazardous substances under control", the Polish edition of which is run by CIOP-PIB.
Occupational exposure to dangerous chemicals is the cause of, among others, cancers, diseases of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. These are the most important causes of sick leave and often also the cause of permanent inability to work. The consequence is high costs to society as a whole and a heavy burden on the state budget for treatment, rehabilitation and payment of financial benefits.