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PR(08)29: Iceland fails to implement EU legislation on health and safety protection of workers

11.6.2008

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland due to the failure of that State to implement EU legislation[1]concerning protection of workers from dangerous substances into its national law.

The EU legislation in question aims to protect the health of workers at the work place against the risks arising from chemical agents by providing a list of substances and indicating exposure limit values for those substances. Iceland shall take into account that list when establishing its national exposure limit values. This list has now been reviewed and updated through the latest available scientific data. Iceland was obliged to implement these amendments into its national law by 1 September 2007.

Under Article 7 of the EEA Agreement, Iceland must implement all acts referred to in the Annexes to the EEA Agreement. The purpose of the reasoned opinion is to give Iceland a last chance to adopt the legislation necessary to implement the Directive before taking the matter to the EFTA Court.

 

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67

 
 
11 June 2008

 

[1]Commission Directive 2006/15/EC of 7 February 2006 establishing a second list of indicative occupational exposure limit values in implementation of Council Directive 98/24/EC and amending Directives 91/322/EEC and 2000/39/EC.

 




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