Carcinogens Legislation

Regulation and Compliance

collectively known as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations 2001 to 2019, transpose several EU Directives relating to the prevention of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work and place a responsibility on all employers in whose premises a:

  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagen
  • Carcinogenic process is used,

to assess the risk and lay down measures to ensure the safety and health of employees. 

Although the Regulations are referred to as the Carcinogen Regulations they refer to both Category 1A & 1B carcinogens and Category 1A & 1B mutagens.

Other Legislation

Obligations are laid down to prevent children or young persons and pregnant, post-natal and breastfeeding employees being exposed to carcinogens. 

Depending on the nature of the work, other parts of these Regulations may need to be considered, for example, Part 8 – Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work.