Safety and Health at Work
Date posted: April 28, 2014
Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a report reviewing the current situation regarding the use of chemicals and their impact in workplaces and the environment, including various national, regional, and international efforts to address them. The report also presents the elements for establishing national and industry level programs that contribute to the sound management of chemicals at work. The report is available here.
WorkSafeBC has an information sheet on exposure to mineral and chemical hazards that covers exposure to asbestos, lead, dust, detergents and cleaning products and pesticides. While created for young workers, it is good information for everyone. There’s lots of other information available on occupational health and safety on their website.
For background information on the impact of literacy skills on health and safety at work, read Alison Campbell’s What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.