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New online database for identifying endocrine disruptors

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A team at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India, has placed online a database which identifies 686 endocrine disruptors. The database is called DEDuCT: Database on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and their Toxicity Profiles

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France Télécom: institutional harassment before a court

A landmark trial ended on 11 July 2019 at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance. It was triggered by a complaint filed with the Paris public prosecutor by the union SUD PTT in December 2009, accusing France Télécom and its senior executives of "moral harassment" and "endangering others".

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Colombia bans asbestos

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On 11 June 2019, the Colombian House of Representatives unanimously voted to ban asbestos as of 1 January 2021. A historic victory for the unions and victim associations, the vote took place in an unfavourable political context.

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Italy: industrial pollution boosts health inequality

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The 5th SENTIERI report was published in Italy in June 2019. SENTIERI is an ambitious Italian project collecting data on sites with identified industrial pollution.

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Austria bans glyphosate

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On 2 July 2019, the Austrian parliament approved a complete ban on the use of glyphosate in Austria. At the initiative of the Austrian socialist party, the SPÖ, this new act bans the marketing of any herbicide containing glyphosate as its main agent. This makes Austria the first EU Member State to adopt such legislation with a view to protecting public health and preventing cancer.

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The prison as a microcosm of society

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The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI’s biannual magazine on health and safety at work, focuses on working conditions behind bars. It is not an obvious topic for HesaMag, as it goes far beyond the medical aspects of occupational health. But the aim of each issue is to focus on occupations and sectors at the margins of society to show how a broader social solidarity can be beneficial for everybody.

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Workers and chemicals: 15th ETUI seminar

photo news ETUI seminar on chemicals in Lisbon

The 15th annual ETUI seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place on 27-28 June 2019. Held in Lisbon in collaboration with the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the meeting brought together more than 40 unionists from 21 European countries. Its aim was to coordinate union action on chemical risks.

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Crystalline silica: a serious risk for young workers

At the end of May 2019, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) published the results of its study of the risks associated with crystalline silica for workers.

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The link between working conditions and neuro-degenerative diseases

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Swedish researchers have just published a study reviewing the available literature and presenting a meta-analysis relating to occupational exposures and neuro-degenerative diseases.

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New ILO convention to combat violence and harassment at work

OIT, 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference. Geneva, 10-21 June 2019 / H.E. Secretary of State Jean-Jacques ELMIGER (Switzerland), President of the 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference, with Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on the occasion of the Closing ceremony of the 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference. Geneva, 21 June 2019.

On 21 June 2019, the International Labour Conference adopted a new convention on violence and harassment at work. It will formally become ILO Convention 190. Complemented by a recommendation adopted that same day, the text was adopted by the tripartite conference as part of the centenary celebrations of this international organisation.

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