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Health & Safety - working conditions

23% of European workers believe that their safety or their health is at risk because of their work – a figure which shows that working conditions in Europe are not improving. And even though manufacturing employment across Europe is shrinking and losing ground to service jobs, exposure to traditional physical hazards - noise, dangerous goods, heavy lifting, etc. – has not gone away. In this section we monitor latest news and highlight our research activities on working conditions and occupational health and safety.

News

Belgique : 80% des répondants à une enquête syndicale pensent que l’organisation du travail affecte leur santé

8 December 2017

La confédération syndicale belge FGTB a mené de mars à avril 2017 une enquête sur Internet sur la santé et sécurité au travail (SST), les conditions de travail et l’organisation du travail. Les résultats sont particulièrement inquiétants en ce qui concerne le volet SST : 80% des 14.500 travailleurs belges sondés (65% de néerlandophones) estiment que la manière dont le travail est organisé par leur employeur peut avoir des conséquences sur leur santé physique ou mentale.

France : les cancers des voies respiratoires liés au travail coûtent au moins 1 milliard d’euros par an

8 December 2017

Une équipe de chercheurs réunissant des économistes de la santé au travail et une épidémiologiste a estimé que les cancers respiratoires attribuables à des facteurs de risques professionnels ont coûté à la France en 2010 de 960 millions d’euros à 1,9 milliard d’euros.

HesaMag loses a talented contributor

30 November 2017

It is with great sadness that the ETUI has learned of the death of Alessandro Leogrande. A talented writer and journalist, he was the author of a series of three books that gave a voice to undocumented workers in Europe.

Supreme Court prohibits asbestos production in Brazil

30 November 2017

One day after Eternit announced the suspension of asbestos-based products from 2019, the Federal Supreme Court ruled on November 29 to prohibit the extraction, marketing and distribution of asbestos (chrysotile variety) throughout the country. The decision was taken by 7 votes against 2. The Supreme Court rejected the arguments of the lobbyist umbrella organization CNTA/CNTI (Comissão Nacional dos Trabalhadores do Amianto/Centro Nacional de Trabalhadores na Industria), a coalition of pro-business trade unions.

Workers in the nail care sector exposed to 60 hazardous substances

30 November 2017

According to a report published on 23 November by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), manicurists working in nail salons – almost all of whom are women – are exposed to around 700 different substances, 60 of which are ‘of very high concern’ and 90 of which are ‘of concern’.

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    ETUI Conference 'Work and Cancer', 14-15 November 2017

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