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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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12/07/2018

France: the social partners reject the idea of a standard on mental health in the workplace

As part of the discussions in a body overseen by the Labour Minister, France’s social partners stated clearly that they were opposed to any draft standard on mental health and safety in the workplace. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) would like to begin work on this draft standard, following on from the adoption in March of a standard on occupational health and safety management.

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6/07/2018

ETUI seminar on carcinogens at work and chemical risks

The 14th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals took place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2018. It brought together some 40 trade union members from across Europe with a view to coordinating trade union action on the fight against occupational cancers.

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22/06/2018

HesaMag n°17: All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the working conditions in the beauty industry. Because they contribute to our wellbeing, beauty professionals are rarely seen as workers who face health and safety risks. And yet, those who take care of the body of others pay the price with their personal health.

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22/06/2018

World Cup Russia: 21 construction workers died on stadium building sites

In a report published in early June, the global union federation of the workers from the building and wood sectors revealed serious violations of workers’ rights at the stadium construction sites for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The abuses included dangerous working conditions and workers being forced to work outside in extremely cold weather – for wages below the minimum wage standard.

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22/06/2018

ILO to draft sexual harassment treaty

On 8 June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreed to draft an international treaty to protect workers from sexual harassment and violence.

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21/06/2018

France: specialist building trades most affected by work-related cancers

Specialist building and metalworking trades are those most affected by work-related cancers, according to a study by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) presented on 6 June in Marseille.

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