Legislation Update

Legislation Update

Legislation Update

SI No. 122/2024 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reprotoxic Substances) Regulations 2024

These Regulations, which come into force today – 5 April 2024 – give effect to Directive (EU) 2022/431 of The European Parliament and of The Council of 9 March 2022 amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work.

Directive 2022/431 amends Directive 2004/37/EC by introducing reprotoxic substances as a group of chemicals to be regulated. Reprotoxic substances are chemicals which affect fertility, sexual function or have adverse effects on the offspring of workers. Reprotoxins were previously regulated under Directive 98/24/EC (the Chemical Agents Directive), but it was determined that it was more appropriate to regulate them under the stricter requirements of Directive 2004/37/EC.

These Regulations also introduce allowances for biological monitoring for those companies who wish to carry it out.

Read SI No. 122/2024 in full here – https://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2024/si/122/made/en/print