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The NEPSI social dialogue agreement success story

The European Network for Silica (NEPSI) aims to minimise worker exposure to silica in several industries.

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The European Network for Silica (NEPSI) is the first European multi-sectoral social dialogue agreement of its kind. Since 2006, it aims to protect the health of employees occupationally exposed to respirable crystalline silica in 18 industry sectorsminimising such exposure by applying good practices, and increasing the knowledge and awareness about potential health effects of respirable crystalline silica as well as about good practices. NEPSI is a valuable instrument to complement regulatory measures, including those laid down in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

With the support of the Social Dialogue EC budget line, the NEPSI Good Practice Guide was completely updated in 2020 and a series of tools were specifically developed to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises including an e-learning module compatible for smartphones and tablets.

Through online reporting by industrial sites of eight key performance indicators every two years, partners can monitor the state of application of the agreement. You can find the results of the latest reporting exercise in NEPSI’s 2020 summary report.

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