RIVM investigation into past use of chromium-6 by NS
NS has asked the RIVM to conduct an investigation into chromium-6 and the health of current and former employees of NS/NedTrain. The investigation will be conducted by the RIVM in collaboration with Utrecht University's Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS). The researchers will examine how NS has worked with chromium-6 in the past, how NS dealt with guidelines for working safely with hazardous substances, to what degree current and former employees have been exposed to chromium-6 in their work, and what potential health effects could result from such exposure.
It is very important to NS that all former and current employees can have faith in all measures past and present and that they are informed clearly about any health risks. Because we want to be thorough and comprehensive, NS's chromium-6 plans are tested by a committee of independent experts. Because some of our current and former employees are concerned, NS is committed to full transparency. The independent committee was established in December 2015 and publishes progress reports to communicate its findings and recommendations.
The current members of the committee are:
- Chairman of the Committee - Luck Kohsiek
- Medical Toxologist - Wilfried Notten
- FNV/Occupational Disease Agency - Wim van Veelen
- WC of NS Operations - Guide Hagemann
- NS representative - Sacha Göddeke (QHSE)
- Secretary - Marianne Hasselbach
- Attendants: representatives of the RIVM and NS's Chromium-6 programme
For the committee's progress reports, go to responses and reports.