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The link between working conditions and neuro-degenerative diseases

Doctor holding in hand Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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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United States: Trump jeopardises the regulation of chemical risks

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Since the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, the US Environmental Protection Agency has shifted its policy focus towards reducing the “regulatory burden” on the chemical industry.

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QD85: Burn-out classified as an occupational phenomenon

WHO headquarter

Meeting in Geneva on 20-27 May 2019 for its 72nd session, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Assembly has taken a landmark decision. Referring to the conclusions of health experts, it has declared burn-out to be an “occupational phenomenon”, opening the door to having it classified in the WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Codenamed “QD85”, burn-out is now to be found in the section on “problems associated with employment or unemployment”.

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Pesticides: European Commission accused of keeping hazardous products on the European market


Senior European Commission officials have been working to water down the criteria used for defining endocrine disruptors and to promote the continuing existence of dangerous pesticides on the European market. This is revealed in more than 600 confidential documents obtained by the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) after two years of legal proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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France: a link between working conditions and suicides

carte des suicides au travail

A study published in the Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH) – a weekly epidemiological bulletin – of the French public health agency helps us to better gauge the impact of working conditions on thoughts of suicide. In 2017, 3.8% of the French population in employment stated having considered suicide in the course of the past twelve months (4.5% of the female population and 3.1% of the male population).

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A guide on detoxifying workplaces

The US Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) has just published its new Guide to Securing a Nontoxic Work Environment.

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Vietnam bans glyphosate

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Vietnam has decided to ban all herbicides containing glyphosate. This is a further blow to Roundup, a key product of Monsanto, the US multinational now in the hands of agrochemical giant Bayer.

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United States: Bayer-Monsanto sentenced to pay more than $80 million in damages to a glyphosate victim

On 27 March, a federal US court in San Francisco (California) sentenced Bayer-Monsanto to pay more than $80 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. The amount corresponds to compensation of more than $5 million in past and future non-economic loss damages, and $75 million in punitive damages for Monsanto’s grave negligence. The jury not only condemned the lack of information, but also highlighted the causal link between the cancer and the pesticide, considering that the latter had been a substantial factor causing the disease. The jurors were in no doubt that Monsanto had been aware of the risk and had deliberately decided not to inform customers.

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The CJEU condemns the European Food Safety Agency’s lack of transparency in the glyphosate case

On 7 March, the Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the decisions of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) refusing access to toxicity and carcinogenicity studies on the active substance glyphosate in the context of the European regulatory system governing pesticides (“phytopharmaceuticals”).

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