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Industrial Diseases

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if comprehensive lists of suspected carcinogens, as published in the United States of America by the Public Health Service, are available for the use of Her Majesty's inspectors at area offices of the Health and Safety Executive; and if he will ensure that such lists are freely available for consultation by members of the public.

Comprehensive lists of chemicals which are suspected of being carcinogenic, such as those compiled by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States of America, are not issued to Her Majesty's inspectors at area offices of the Health and Safety Executive. It is felt that this would serve no useful purpose since the Executive already publishes in Guidance Note EH 15/78, "Threshold Limit Values for 1978", a list of 40 chemicals that have been proven to be carcinogenic or are highly suspect of causing cancer in man and animals. This guidance note is issued personally to each inspector at area offices and is available on sale to the public through Her Majesty's Stationery Office.Certain substances are prohibited or strictly controlled by the Carcinogenic Substances Regulations 1967. Copies of these regulations are also issued to inspectors at area offices and are similarly available on sale through Her Majesty's Stationery Office.