How will this affect value chain users?

The different Member States will transpose the European Directive in their national legislation and occupational inspectors will be informed on the new law.

The CMD obligations apply to any employer and work processes generating exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust. Every workplace situation where such processes are present will have to apply the obligations – chapter II of Directive 2004/37/EC.

If not done yet, a risk assessment has to be carried out and exposure minimization must be applied in accordance with the obligations of the CMD and to respect the 0.1 mg/m³ exposure limit value. Exposure must be monitored.

The Nepsi good practices guide is a useful and operational reference for applying the CMD obligations. The guide contains tasks sheets with specific advice to apply the minimization obligations. They are freely available in the 23 languages from the website or from mineral suppliers. The Guide is always open for more task sheets.

In most cases, suitable occupational health protection measures are already in place. When they are not, it is suggested to seek support from your mineral supplier who can provide advice on safe handling and use of their products. For those user sectors that are not involved yet, it might be an option to join the NEPSI signatories group.