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PR(06)13: Iceland fails to implement rules on health and safety requirements for workers


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failing to ensure implementation of Directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibration).

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 6 July 2005.

The Directive seeks to protect workers first of all by setting daily exposure limit values and daily exposure action values to hand-arm and whole body vibration, and by introducing provisions aimed at avoiding or reducing exposure to vibration.

According to the Directive, workers shall not be exposed to vibration above the daily exposure limit value.

If the daily exposure action values are exceeded, the employer must take action to implement a programme intended to reduce, to a minimum, the workers’ exposure to mechanical vibrations. The employer shall, for instance, consider other working methods and appropriate work equipment to reduce exposure to vibration.

The Directive allows EEA States to grant derogations from the prohibition of exceeding exposure limit values in some situations, for instance in case of sea and air transport.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give Iceland a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson,
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60

22 March 2006

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