EC and ILO pair up to address health of the global workforce

first_imgThehealth of workers around the globe, including the way in which they deal withstress and violence, is being tackled by the European Commission (EC) and theInternational Labour Organisation (ILO).Inseparate but complementary initiatives, the EC and ILO have published documentsaimed at improving the health and wellbeing of workers.TheEC has called on European Union member states, including the UK, to adopt anupdated list of common illnesses that it believes staff should be compensatedfor if they contract them at work (see box).Itsdemands are not mandatory, but should serve to focus European governments onwhat is and is not open to compensation.Atthe same time, it has published a second list of illnesses, which says memberstates should set rules for compensation where it can be proved the conditionswere occupational in origin and nature.TheILO has published a detailed global draft code of practice on reducing theamount of violence and stress suffered by service industry staff.Itsguidelines include notes on how to identify situations and jobs that areparticularly at risk, as well as signs of stress.Theguidelines highlight taxi drivers, emergency services, nurses, teachers, hotelstaff, entertainers and transport staff as being particularly at risk, due totheir direct contact with the public.EC’shigh priorities list–Diseases caused by 36 named chemical agents, including arsenic, ammonia andchlorine–Skin diseases provoked by nine elements and allergies, such as soot, tar andparaffin–Respiratory problems, such as silicosis and asbestosis–Cancers, including lung cancer caused by wood dust–Infectious and parasite diseases, such as tetanus, tuberculosis and brucellosis–Physical injuries, such as cataracts, caused by heat radiation EC and ILO pair up to address health of the global workforceOn 3 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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