Employers’ organisations in Europe recognize that good health and safety management is an essential feature of profitable and sustainable businesses, but the dossier on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents is at odds with the Commission's better regulation principles. Ceemet and Orgalime believe that this Directive places a disproportionate administrative burden and assessment cost on companies without corresponding health benefits. This negative impact will be felt most keenly in the manufacturing sector and even more disproportionately by small and medium sized enterprises.
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- No detailed impact assessment or any proper consultation of stakeholders accompanies the text, its true impact on business is still unknown and any benefits said to accrue from its introduction have not been identified.
- Both associations regret that the Commission has failed to provide evidence of work accidents or ill-health directly linked to exposure to optical radiation in support of this individual Directive.
- The proposal, implements the Framework Directive 89/391/EEC within the meaning of its Article 16(1) on the prevention of accidents at work. However, despite being more than 10 years after its launch, the Council has not required any referral of its proposal to the Commission.