Early warning systems to detect new and emerging risks in Europe

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. This holds also for exposure to chemicals. Under the Dutch presidency of the European Union during the first half of 2016, The Netherlands aim to take action to reduce work related cancer. The identification of substances and work leading to work related health effects like cancer is therefore important. The way in which these substances and work processes can be identified needs both
close cooperation between countries and the use of various methods.
This report presents an overview of different methods used in European countries, which can be used to identify new and emerging risks of chemicals (NERCs). These methods can also be applied to the identification of substances that cause work related health effects like cancer. A questionnaire (see Appendix B) was sent to representatives of all European countries with questions on: 
- The presence of clinical watch systems. 
- The availability of databases for epidemiological research to study a causal relationship between exposure and health effects (e.g. cancer). 
- The use of biomarkers for the identification of work related health effects, especially cancer. 
- The need for an international expert group on work related health effects.

Source: http://www.rivm.nl/dsresource?objectid=rivmp:315405&type=org&disposition=inline&ns_nc=1

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