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Skin Cancer: European Outdoor Workers’ Number One Enemy

April 20th 2016, 15.00 - 17:00, European Parliament, JAN 6Q1

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Meeting report 

The MEPs against Cancer (MAC) group, along with the support of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) and MAC Secretariat the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) came together on the 20th April 2016 in the European Parliament, Brussels, to discuss the issue of skin cancer among outdoor workers and to encourage EU action to protect this at-risk population.

 The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) launched a Global Call to Action urging policy makers, employers, workers’ organisations and physicians to protect Europe’s outdoor workers from skin cancer caused by solar UV-radiation. The Call was launched at a policy debate in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Nessa Childers (S&D), Vice President of the European Parliamentary Interest Group ‘MEPs Against Cancer’, and co-hosted by MEPs Mr. Ole Christensen (S&D) and Mr.Jens Gieseke (EPP).

 “Occupational skin cancer is a real threat to our workforce. Moreover, at a time when healthcare budgets face unprecedented strains, protecting our outdoor workers from UV-induced skin cancer should be at the top of Europe’s public health agenda”, said EADV President Prof. Dr. Erwin Tschachler.

 The policy debate highlighted the fact that there are easy, simple and cheap solutions to avoid this preventable form of cancer. MEP Nessa Childers (S&D) commented, “We have a chance to push forward policies and measures that can have a big impact on the health of our workers and which do not necessitate large investments by either companies or governments. This is the time for Europe to lead by example and ensure that the workplace is a safe place for all”.

“The question therefore is whether, in line with the available evidence, EU policy-makers will act accordingly“, asked Prof. Dr. Swen Malte John, Chair of the EADV’s Media & PR Committee, while presenting the Global Call to Action.

The event is part of the EADV’s campaign “Skin Cancer: Safe Work Under The Sun”. EADV’s Global Call to Action asks, among others, for an improved legislative framework to protect outdoor workers more effectively, official recognition of UV induced non-melanoma skin cancers as occupational diseases, as well as promotion of and education on the simple and cheap techniques of sun-safe behaviour and prevention of skin cancer.

At the debate, speakers from the EADV, the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers and the Centre for Health Economics of the Hamburg University, took the floor to expose the danger of solar UV radiation to the health and safety of 14.5 million outdoor workers in Europe. Whereas solar radiation has been long recognized as a group I carcinogen and is the leading cause of non-melanoma skin cancer worldwide, most outdoor workers are unaware of the dangers of working under the sun. In addition, there is no EU-wide requirement to protect workers at risk.

 
 
Ms. Nessa Childers (S&D, IRL)
Member of the European Parliament and 
Vice President of the European Parliamentary Interest Group, MEPs Against Cancer (MAC)

Mr. Ole Christensen (S&D, DK)
Mr. Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE)

Co-hosting MEPs


Cordially invite you to a policy debate on:

Skin Cancer: European Outdoor Workers’ Number One Enemy

There are 14.5 million outdoor workers in Europe. However, they are generally unaware that they are twice as likely to get 
non-melanoma skin cancer as a result of their occupation.

UV solar radiation is classified by the World Health Organisation as a group 1 carcinogen, and is the leading cause of cancer worldwide. Currently there is no EU-wide requirement to protect workers at risk.

This policy debate aims to promote dialogue and facilitate an understanding of the need for action to better protect Europe’s outdoor workers.

The event is organised by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) with the support of theMEPs Against Cancer (MAC) and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).

This event is also supported by MEPs Alojz Peterle (EPP, SI) and Charles Tannock (ECR, UK).
 

April 20th 2016
15.00 - 17:00
European Parliament 
JAN 6Q1

 Opening Remarks 

Prof. Dr. Erwin Tschachler
President of the European Academy
of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)

Prof. Dr. Swen Malte John
Chair EADV Media & PR Committee 
and EU Horizon 2020 COST 
Action Standerm

      Speakers      

Dr. Emilie van Deventer
Radiation Programme, World Health Organisation, Geneva

Prof. Dr. Matthias Augustin
Chair of Health Economics 
and Quality of Life Research, 
Hamburg Center for Health 
Economics

Ms. Esther Lynch 
Conferederal Secretary,
European Trade Union 
Confederation

Dr. Jorge Costa-David
Risk Management Policy Team (health at work),
DG Employment, 
European Commission
 

 

The MEPs against Cancer (MAC) group, along with the support of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) and MAC Secretariat the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) came together on the 20th April 2016 in the European Parliament, Brussels, to discuss the issue of skin cancer among outdoor workers and to encourage EU action to protect this at-risk population.

 

The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) launched a Global Call to Action urging policy makers, employers, workers’ organisations and physicians to protect Europe’s outdoor workers from skin cancer caused by solar UV-radiation. The Call was launched at a policy debate in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Nessa Childers (S&D), Vice President of the European Parliamentary Interest Group ‘MEPs Against Cancer’, and co-hosted by MEPs Mr. Ole Christensen (S&D) and Mr.Jens Gieseke (EPP).

 

“Occupational skin cancer is a real threat to our workforce. Moreover, at a time when healthcare budgets face unprecedented strains, protecting our outdoor workers from UV-induced skin cancer should be at the top of Europe’s public health agenda”, said EADV President Prof. Dr. Erwin Tschachler.

 

The policy debate highlighted the fact that there are easy, simple and cheap solutions to avoid this preventable form of cancer. MEP Nessa Childers (S&D) commented, “We have a chance to push forward policies and measures that can have a big impact on the health of our workers and which do not necessitate large investments by either companies or governments. This is the time for Europe to lead by example and ensure that the workplace is a safe place for all”.

 

“The question therefore is whether, in line with the available evidence, EU policy-makers will act accordingly “, asked Prof. Dr. Swen Malte John, Chair of the EADV’s Media & PR Committee, while presenting the Global Call to Action.

The event is part of the EADV’s campaign “Skin Cancer: Safe Work Under The Sun”. EADV’s Global Call to Action asks, among others, for an improved legislative framework to protect outdoor workers more effectively, official recognition of UV induced non-melanoma skin cancers as occupational diseases, as well as promotion of and education on the simple and cheap techniques of sun-safe behaviour and prevention of skin cancer.

 

At the debate, speakers from the EADV, the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers and the Centre for Health Economics of the Hamburg University, took the floor to expose the danger of solar UV radiation to the health and safety of 14.5 million outdoor workers in Europe. Whereas solar radiation has been long recognized as a group I carcinogen and is the leading cause of non-melanoma skin cancer worldwide, most outdoor workers are unaware of the dangers of working under the sun. In addition, there is no EU-wide requirement to protect workers at risk.

  
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