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GLOBAL: Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace (ITUC)

Every 11 seconds a person loses their life because of lethal working conditions. While awareness is growing, cancer remains the number one workplace killer in many countries. On this International Workers’ Memorial Day, the ITUC is calling for zero cancer.

“We call it making a living, yet working people continue to be exposed to lethal substances. Today we pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate price at work. In their memory we continue to fight for the living,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

While there is a delay between exposure to dangerous substances and the diagnosis of cancer, research sheds increasing light on the link between cancer and its workplace causes. The ITUC, together with Hazards campaign, has produced an at-a-glance guide that summarises the most prominent cancer hazards at work.

“Unions make work safer. People are best placed to know where dangers lie in their workplaces and it is through their collective understanding and action that lasting health and safety improvements are made. We are pushing for ever-safer conditions, from the workplace right up to the level of international standards at the International Labour Organization. It is fundamental to guarantee safety and health at work. The ILO’s Centenary Declaration is a real opportunity for meaningful progress that could save millions of lives. It must not be missed,” said Burrow.

This was echoed by Mr. Baskut Tuncak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. He said that the international community must “look at the opportunities that we have at present to eliminate some of the double standards that exist between countries that are being exploited by unscrupulous businesses, through their supply chains.” Commenting on the need to reinforce international safeties, he said, “global instruments only ban or restrict the use or emission of less than 0.1% of toxic industrial chemicals and pesticides of global concern to which workers and communities are exposed.”

New chemicals are entering workplaces all the time, very few of which have been comprehensively assessed for carcinogenicity. Improved standards for testing are needed in order to avoid more deaths. The ILO is the leading institution for securing better standards for millions of people around the world. The ITUC is calling on employers and governments to live up to this mandate and accept the fundamental nature of organisational safety and health at the ILO Centenary Conference in June 2019.

Trade unions around the world are mobilising today to pay respects and push for better safety and health conditions at work, follow the latest on 28April.org.

Poster – Chemical Reaction
Infographic – Cancers and their work causes

 

 

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 02 53 or by e-mail: press@ituc-csi.org

Global: ITUC call to action for International Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2019

April Call to Action

On April 28th, Workers’ Memorial Day, ITUC will organise under the theme, Taking control – removing dangerous workplace substances from the workplace. This year ITUC will focus on Zero Cancer, with a new poster showing risk factors for cancers at work.

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Global: Infografía – tipos de cáncer y causas relacionadas con el trabajo

El 28 de abril, Día de Conmemoración de los Trabajadores y Trabajadoras, nos organizaremos bajo el lema ““Tomar el control – eliminar sustancias peligrosas del lugar de trabajo”.

Este año nos centraremos en la campaña Cero Cáncer, publicando un nuevo póster que muestra los factores de riesgo de cáncer en el trabajo.

Infografía – Tipos de cáncer y causas relacionadas con el trabajo

Global: Infographie – Les cancers et leurs causes professionnelles

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs le 28 avril, nous nous organiserons sur le thème « Prendre le contrôle – éliminer les substances dangereuses du lieu de travail ».

Cette année, nous mettrons l’accent sur la campagne zéro cancer. Trouvez ci-dessous une nouvelle affiche présentant les facteurs de risque des cancers au travail.

Infographie – Les cancers et leurs causes professionnelles

Global: Reacción química – cartel

El 28 de abril, Día de Conmemoración de los Trabajadores y Trabajadoras, nos organizaremos bajo el lema ““Tomar el control – eliminar sustancias peligrosas del lugar de trabajo”.

Este año nos centraremos en la campaña Cero Cáncer, publicando un nuevo póster que muestra los factores de riesgo de cáncer en el trabajo.

La exposición a substancias peligrosas en el trabajo se sitúa en niveles históricamente altos, estando vinculada a un millón de muertes evitables cada año a nivel mundial.

Los sindicatos dicen a los empleadores negligentes que ya basta. Si nos exponen, también los expondremos.

Cartel – Reacción química PDF

Global: Chemical reaction – poster

On April 28th, International Workers’ Memorial Day, we will organise under the theme, Taking control – removing dangerous workplace substances from the workplace.

This year we will focus on Zero Cancer, with a new poster showing risk factors for cancers at work.

Deaths caused by hazardous substances at work are at an all-time high, linked to 1 million preventable deaths worldwide each year. Unions are telling negligent employers, no more. If you expose us, we will expose you.

Poster – Chemical Reaction PDF

Global: Réaction chimique – affiche

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs le 28 avril, nous nous organiserons sur le thème « Prendre le contrôle – éliminer les substances dangereuses du lieu de travail ».

Cette année, nous mettrons l’accent sur la campagne zéro cancer. Trouvez ci-dessous une nouvelle affiche présentant les facteurs de risque des cancers au travail.

La mortalité due aux substances dangereuses sur le lieu de travail n’a jamais été aussi élevée. Pourtant, un million de décès pourraient être évités chaque année.

Les syndicats avertissent les employeurs négligents. Assez ! Si vous nous exposez au danger, nous le ferons savoir.

Affiche – Réaction chimique

 

28 April ‘dangerous substances’ campaign theme confirmed

Global union confederation ITUC has confirmed the theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2019.

‘Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace’ will be this year’s focus for what has become the world’s largest annual health and safety event. The union-led campaign will emphasise a ‘Zero Cancer’ approach, urging reps to seek to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.

ITUC says it will be developing resources ahead of the event to support union preparation of campaign materials. It adds that new resources and events will be featured on the regularly updated dedicated www.28april.org webpages. It is urging organisations to use the hashtag #iwmd19. ITUC is also highlighting key existing resources:

The high profile event, which in 2018 saw tens of thousands of activities in over 70 countries, has ‘trended’ on twitter in recent years.

28 April 2019: Taking control – getting dangerous substances out of the workplace

28 April 2019 International Workers’ Memorial Day theme

Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace

The ITUC is proposing the following theme for 28 April 2019: “Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace.” There will be a particular focus on Zero Cancer – how to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. Affiliates are of course free to adapt or change the theme to suit local priorities.

The ITUC will be developing resources in the coming weeks to support preparation of campaign materials. To assist with this we are seeking evidence of union action leading to workplace, legislative or sectoral improvements, and the human and economic payoff from this protective action. Please send details to ITUC health and safety adviser, Rory O’Neill at editor@hazards.org

Updates to the dedicated  www.28april.org  webpages will start as materials, activities and events are confirmed.

In the meantime, these existing ITUC/international trade union resources may be of use:

Yours sincerely

Sharan Burrow

General secretary, ITUC