Webinar – Enabling Cobalt’s Potential in the EU: Towards the Best Workplace Value

28 June 2023, 10.30 – 11.30 CET

Europe needs cobalt for the green, equitable and just energy transition and its strategic autonomy. At the same time, European workers must be protected from risks arising when working with cobalt. The European Commission is therefore determining workplace values for cobalt and inorganic cobalt compounds (Occupational Exposure Limit Values).

But the overly theoretical and low values proposed by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) can discourage investment in the EU and massively endanger the production, recycling, and use of cobalt substances in the EU. This comes at a time when countries like the US foster their strategic industries and competitive advantage to attract investments in critical materials like cobalt.

Join the Cobalt Institute’s webinar to understand how important it is to identify the appropriate values to ensure workplace safety while achieving the EU green transition ambitions. During the webinar, the Cobalt Institute will provide a holistic overview of the state of play, present the science and socio-economic impact assessment (performed by eftec), and launch the recommended Cobalt Institute values for the first time.

All background information on the cobalt OEL case can be found here: Occupational Exposure Limits: EU internal work on cobalt risks squandering EU green transition goals | Cobalt Institute


Webinar recording


Webinar presentation



28 June 2023, 10.30 – 11.30 CET
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome and opening statement
10.40 – 10.55 Past, present, and future – The European Union and cobalt regulation
10.55 – 11.15 Cobalt Institute’s evidence-based EU workplace values
11.15 – 11.25 Q&A with webinar participants
11.25 – 11.30 Takeaways and next steps