In 2000, the copper industry initiated a voluntary risk assessment (VRA). The assessment process was agreed with the Italian Government’s Istituto Superiore di Sanita, acting as the review country on behalf of the European Commission and the EU Member States.
In May 2005, on behalf of the European Copper Institute, Italy submitted the draft risk assessment for review by the European Commission and EU Member States. In April 2008, after three years of detailed analysis and improvement, this review process was completed.
This comprehensive assessment, covering the production, use and end-of-life aspects of the copper value chain, shows that the existing legislative framework generally safeguards Europe’s environment, the health of industry workers and the general public.
The European Copper Institute has produced a range of printable materials to explain the goals of the VRA. These are organised into four core sections:
- An introduction to the Voluntary Risk Assessment
- Information for copper industry employees
- Information for the copper value chain
- Information for the local communities
For further information on this topic please contact European Copper Institute.