On 28 September 2022, the European Commission presented a comprehensive approach to better protect people and the environment from asbestos and ensure an asbestos-free future. According to an analysis carried out by the Member States, 78% of recognised occupational cancers are related to asbestos.
We are well aware that asbestos, despite being banned in the EU since 2005, is still present in old buildings. The danger of this substance for workers increases when renovations are carried out or works that may otherwise disturb the materials containing it.
In addition, the EU has stated that one of the objectives to increase people’s quality of life is to push Europe in the direction of the Green Deal, in fact the EU intends to increase the rate of renovation of buildings. “Thanks to the renovations, residents will enjoy better health and living conditions and lower energy bills, but the risks of exposure to asbestos will also increase, particularly for construction workers.”
The European Commission has defined in the presentation a global approach to public health with the following objectives
The EU provides substantial funding through the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Social Fund Plus and the European Regional Development Fund to support Member States in the areas of health prevention, treatment, restructuring and safe disposal of asbestos.
Commissione Europea – “Provvedimenti della Commissione per proteggere meglio le persone dall’amianto e garantire un futuro senza amianto”-ec.europa- https://ec.europa.eu