Safe working conditions not upheld as universal human right

Published: Oct 24, 2019, 1:35 pm IST

Although healthy working conditions are a globally recognized human right, they remain “more a privilege”, the UN independent expert on hazardous substances, Baskut Tuncak, has said.

The right of all workers to safe and healthy conditions has been recognized worldwide for over 50 years, yet the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that some 2.7 million workers die as a result of hazardous conditions every year.

Tuncak’s latest report, published in July, highlights the need for safe conditions and control of hazardous substances in the workplace, and outlines principles of health hazard prevention and the right to treatment for injured or harmed workers. (UNI)