One worker dies every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic at Workplace

February 28, 2019 in Latest News

One worker dies approximately every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic chemicals, pesticides, radiation and other hazardous substances, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  Global supply chains are often implicated for both failing to protect workers from toxic exposures and refusing to provide an effective remedy for individuals harmed. Poverty, gender, age, ethnicity and migration are among the many themes that frequently recur in cases of workers and toxic harms.

In his 2018 annual report to the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (toxics), Baskut Tuncak, reports on the global crisis confronting workers exposed to toxic chemicals. Efforts in various fora are underway to improve occupational health and safety standards.  The Rapporteur’s report offers 15 principles to help States, businesses and other actors realize everyone’s right to safe and healthy working conditions.