European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

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2/10/2018

Chemical risks: French report wants improved employer monitoring

In early September the French Ministry of Labour published a report on the prevention of chemical risks at work.Written by Paul Frimat, a professor in occupational health, this document had been tucked away for several months because it contains several proposals that go against the reforms undertaken under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. Those reforms aim to reduce employers’ obligations in terms of risk prevention. By contrast, the Frimat report calls for increased employer accountability and recognition of occupational diseases due to dangerous chemicals.

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1/10/2018

Annual gathering of union experts on occupational safety and health: law enforcement as a key challenge for the future

The 14th edition of the annual trade union strategic seminar on health & safety at work, organised by the ETUI from 10 to 13 September 2018 in Athens, provided a forum for more than 40 trade union representatives from 19 different European countries to discuss a range of topics, from carcinogens at work to work-related stress. This meeting allows every year the workers’ interest group of the Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work to take stock of EU policy and union priorities in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH).

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27/09/2018

Spain: cleaning ladies’ illnesses to be recognised by health insurers

In early September, representatives from the Spanish ministry for employment, the regional health authorities and the cleaning sector, have reached an agreement for a series of complaints experienced by hotel cleaning ladies to be recognised as occupational illnesses. Those health problems include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, epicondylitis, as well as inflammations and pains in the hands and arms, resulting from the repetitive movements performed throughout the working day.

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27/09/2018

United States: investigation lifts the lid on working conditions for prisoners employed in the poultry industry

Following the death of a prisoner in a workplace accident that occurred in October 2017 in an Alabama poultry plant, a US NGO has investigated the working conditions of US prisoners selected for work release programmes.

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27/09/2018

Long work hours linked to diabetes in women

Clocking up 45 or more working hours in a week is linked to a heightened risk of diabetes in women, according to a study published online in July in the journal BMJ Diabetes Research & Care.

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29/08/2018

Gig economy drivers and riders at heightened risk of traffic collisions

The pressures that come with being a self-employed courier or taxi driver may significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, a new report by UCL (University College London) finds.

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23/08/2018

Dramatic fall in asbestos production worldwide

Over the past years, there has been a dramatic drop in asbestos production worldwide, according to figures published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The figures revealed a drop from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2012 to approximately 1.4 million tonnes in 2015.

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20/08/2018

Monsanto ordered to pay €254 million to gardener living with cancer

On 10 August, a Superior Court jury in California granted Dewayne Johnson, a gardener, $289 million (€254 million) in damages from Monsanto for its Roundup weed killer having caused his cancer.

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17/08/2018

France: a parliamentary report recommends putting prevention back at the heart of the occupational health policy

The parliamentary committee of inquiry into occupational diseases in industry published its report on 19 July. It contains 43 proposals to enhance the prevention of occupational risks.

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17/08/2018

‘Tens of thousands’ of workers exposed to radiation risks in Fukushima cleanup, U.N. rights experts say

Three United Nations human rights experts have criticized the Japanese government for allegedly exploiting and putting at risk the lives of “tens of thousands” of people engaged in cleanup operations at and around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

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