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2012/0320(NLE) International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention of 1990 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work (Convention No 170): authorisation for Member States to ratify

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL STEINRUCK Jutta (icon: S&D S&D) BAUER Edit (icon: PPE PPE), DELLI Karima (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CABRNOCH Milan (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion ENVI
Committee Opinion IMCO
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 114-p1, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2014/02/01
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

LEGISLATIVE ACT : Council Decision 2014/52/EU authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170)

BACKGROUND: the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union’s effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers’ health and safety is an important aspect.

The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated.

As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union’s institutions in relation to these parts.

The European Union cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto. In this situation, Member States and the Union’s institutions must cooperate with regard to the ratification of the Convention.

The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union.

CONTENT: with this Decision, Member States are authorised to ratify the Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties.

Main parts of the Convention : the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

· scope and definitions;

· general principles;

· classification systems and related measures;

· obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;

· workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover:

the establishment of evaluation of chemicals, the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

2014/01/28
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2014/01/28
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2014/01/28
   CSL - Council Meeting
2013/12/10
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2013/12/10
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Decision.

Documents
2013/11/20
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE) on the draft Council decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

Members recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the draft Council Decision for the purpose of achieving and enhancing health and safety at work .

Documents
2013/11/14
   EP - Vote in committee
2013/11/05
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2013/10/03
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2013/09/10
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2013/07/12
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT : Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND : the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union's effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers' health and safety is an important aspect.

The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated.

The Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment .

As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union's institutions in relation to these parts.

The EU cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto . In this situation, Member States and the Union's institutions must cooperate in regard to the ratification of the Convention.

The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union.

CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Member States are hereby authorised to ratify, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

To recall, the Convention concerns :

the establishment of evaluation of chemicals, the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

For information as regards the main provisions of the Convention and its implications on EU law, in terms of shared competence, please refer to the summary of the Commission initial legislative proposal dated 20/11/2012 .

Documents
2013/01/15
   EP - STEINRUCK Jutta (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2012/11/20
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment .

As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis .

Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council , because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO's Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

scope and definitions; general principles; classification systems and related measures; obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively; workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU's budget.

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The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment . As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted. The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis . Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council , because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto. If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention. With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation. There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area. The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof. CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO's Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work. Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following: scope and definitions; general principles; classification systems and related measures; obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively; workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States. The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers. BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU's budget.
  • date: 2013-07-12T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=11463%2F13&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 11463/2013 summary: PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170). PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT : Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND : the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union's effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers' health and safety is an important aspect. The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated. The Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment . As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union's institutions in relation to these parts. The EU cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto . In this situation, Member States and the Union's institutions must cooperate in regard to the ratification of the Convention. The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union. CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Member States are hereby authorised to ratify, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170). To recall, the Convention concerns : the establishment of evaluation of chemicals, the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, the establishment of protective programmes for workers. For information as regards the main provisions of the Convention and its implications on EU law, in terms of shared competence, please refer to the summary of the Commission initial legislative proposal dated 20/11/2012 .
  • date: 2013-09-10T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2013-11-20T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2013-0400&language=EN title: A7-0400/2013 summary: The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE) on the draft Council decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170). Members recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the draft Council Decision for the purpose of achieving and enhancing health and safety at work .
  • date: 2013-12-10T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=23705&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
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  • PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    LEGISLATIVE ACT : Council Decision 2014/52/EU authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170)

    BACKGROUND: the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union’s effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers’ health and safety is an important aspect.

    The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated.

    As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union’s institutions in relation to these parts.

    The European Union cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto. In this situation, Member States and the Union’s institutions must cooperate with regard to the ratification of the Convention.

    The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union.

    CONTENT: with this Decision, Member States are authorised to ratify the Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    ·        scope and definitions;

    ·        general principles;

    ·        classification systems and related measures;

    ·        obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;

    ·        workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover:

    • the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,
    • the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers,
    • the provision of information to workers,
    • the need for appropriate preventive measures, and
    • the establishment of protective programmes for workers.
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  • The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Decision.

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  • The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE) on the draft Council decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    Members recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the draft Council Decision for the purpose of achieving and enhancing health and safety at work.

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PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

  • scope and definitions;
  • general principles;
  • classification systems and related measures;
  • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
  • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO's Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

  • scope and definitions;
  • general principles;
  • classification systems and related measures;
  • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
  • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU's budget.

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  • PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

    The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

    Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

    If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

    With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

    There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

    The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

    CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    • scope and definitions;
    • general principles;
    • classification systems and related measures;
    • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
    • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

    The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

    Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

    If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

    With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

    There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

    The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

    CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    • scope and definitions;
    • general principles;
    • classification systems and related measures;
    • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
    • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

    The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

    Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

    If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

    With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

    There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

    The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

    CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    • scope and definitions;
    • general principles;
    • classification systems and related measures;
    • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
    • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

    The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

    Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

    If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

    With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

    There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

    The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

    CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    • scope and definitions;
    • general principles;
    • classification systems and related measures;
    • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
    • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT : Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

    BACKGROUND : the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union's effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers' health and safety is an important aspect.

    The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated.

    The Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union's institutions in relation to these parts.

    The EU cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto. In this situation, Member States and the Union's institutions must cooperate in regard to the ratification of the Convention.

    The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union.

    CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Member States are hereby authorised to ratify, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

    To recall,  the Convention concerns :

    • the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,
    • the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers,
    • the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures,
    • the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    For information as regards the main provisions of the Convention and its implications on EU law, in terms of shared competence, please refer to the summary of the Commission initial legislative proposal dated 20/11/2012.

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  • PURPOSE : to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT : Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

    BACKGROUND : the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are promoting the ratification of international labour conventions that have been classified by the International Labour Organisation as up-to-date, as a contribution to the European Union's effort to promote decent work for all both inside and outside the Union, of which the protection and improvement of workers' health and safety is an important aspect.

    The rules under part III of Convention No 170 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), are covered to a large extent by Union acquis on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling that has been developed since 1967 and further consolidated.

    The Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As a consequence, parts of the Convention fall within the competence of the Union, and Member States may not enter into commitments outside the framework of the Union's institutions in relation to these parts.

    The EU cannot ratify the Convention, as only States can be parties thereto. In this situation, Member States and the Union's institutions must cooperate in regard to the ratification of the Convention.

    The Council should therefore authorise the Member States that are bound by Union law on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative practices in the area of classification, packaging and labelling to ratify the Convention in the interests of the Union.

    CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Member States are hereby authorised to ratify, for the parts falling under the competence conferred upon the Union by the Treaties, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organization (Convention No 170).

    To recall,  the Convention concerns :

    • the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,
    • the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers,
    • the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures,
    • the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    For information as regards the main provisions of the Convention and its implications on EU law, in terms of shared competence, please refer to the summary of the Commission initial legislative proposal dated 20/11/2012.

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PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

  • scope and definitions;
  • general principles;
  • classification systems and related measures;
  • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
  • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

  • scope and definitions;
  • general principles;
  • classification systems and related measures;
  • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
  • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • PURPOSE: the authorisation of Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Convention concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work, 1990, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention No 170).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    BACKGROUND: the Chemicals Convention No.170 was adopted at the 77th Session of the International Labour Conference on 25 June 1990 and entered into force on 4 November 1993. The purpose of the Convention is the prevention and reduction of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work, and the Convention shall also enhance the protection of the general public and the environment.

    As of June 2012, the Chemicals Convention No.170 has been ratified by 17 State parties to the ILO. It is among the ILO Conventions that have been classified by the ILO as up to date and are therefore actively promoted.

    The European Union (EU) is committed to promote the decent work agenda, both internally and in its external relations. Labour standards are a core element of the concept of decent work. The ratification of ILO Conventions by Member States thus sends an important signal as to the coherence of the Union's policy in improving labour standards worldwide. It is therefore necessary that any legal impediments for ratification by Member States be removed at the level of the EU for such Conventions, the substance of which does not cause concern in the light of the existing Union acquis.

    Shared competences: in accordance with the rules on external competences that have been elaborated by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more specifically as regards the conclusion and ratification of the Chemicals Convention No.170, Member States are not in a position to autonomously decide on the ratification of the Convention without prior authorisation by the Council, because parts of the Convention fall under Union competence. At the same time, the European Union as such cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties thereto.

    If the subject-matter of an agreement or contract falls in part within the competence of the Union and in part within that of the Member States, the Union institutions and the Member States must therefore take all the necessary measures in order to best ensure cooperation in the ratification of the Convention and in the implementation of commitments resulting from that Convention.

    With reference to the Chemicals Convention No 170, the Court had already stated in 1993, that the degree of regulation on classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations had reached an advanced stage, to the point where Member States were no longer able to act sovereign in the external sphere in this regard. Since then, the related Union acquis has been further developed and consolidated. The area is mainly governed by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, hereinafter "the Regulation". The Regulation implements at Union level the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals ("the GHS") developed by the United Nations. The Union legislation, which is based on Article 114 TFEU, is much more detailed than the general principles established in the Chemicals Convention No 170. There is no contradiction between the general principles established in the Convention and the Regulation.

    There is no inconsistency in the approach taken under the rules on the safety and health of workers between the Convention and the minimum requirements under the Union acquis in this area.

    The aim of this proposal is therefore to authorise Member States to ratify, in the interests of the Union, those parts the Chemicals Convention No 170 that fall under Union competence.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in conjunction with Article 218 (6) (a) (v) and Article 218(8), first subparagraph thereof.

    CONTENT: this proposal will permit Member States to ratify the ILO’s Convention No 170 of 1990 concerning safety in the use of chemicals at work.

    Main parts of the Convention: the Convention is subdivided into parts of which the main ones deal with the following:

    • scope and definitions;
    • general principles;
    • classification systems and related measures;
    • obligations of employers and the duties of workers respectively;
    • workers' rights, including the right of the workers to remove themselves from a dangerous situation while remaining protected against undue consequences when exercising their rights; communication duties involved in exporting towards importing ILO Member States.

    The main provisions of the Convention cover: (i) the establishment of evaluation of chemicals,(ii) the obtaining of information by employers from their suppliers, (iii) the provision of information to workers, the need for appropriate preventive measures, and (iv) the establishment of protective programmes for workers.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no impact on the EU’s budget.

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  • date: 2012-11-20T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2012&nu_doc=677 celexid: CELEX:52012PC0677:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2012)0677 type: Legislative proposal body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ title: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner: ANDOR László
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  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee: ENVI
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee: IMCO
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  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ title: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion commissioner: ANDOR László
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International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention of 1990 concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work (Convention No 170): authorisation for Member States to ratify
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