Focus on: Health & Safety at Work

Focus on: Health & Safety at Work


A worker dies from a work-related accident or disease

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that there are approximately 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million work-related illnesses reported worldwide yearly!

Microorganisms are ubiquitous in the environment: they are present in air, water, soil, plants, animals and people. In the workplace, the interest in microorganisms mainly relates to their presence in the air (bioaerosols) and water (waterborne pathogens). Air and water are fundamental for life and workplace contamination of these resources has profound effects on workers’ health and the economy. Therefore, understanding different exposures in the workplace and associated ill health effects is important for workers. Employers must accelerate efforts to prevent exposure. This can be achieved through rigorous risk assessments to identify and prevent potential hazards

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Hazardous biological agents
Moulds in the workplace
Waterborne pathogens
Bioaerosols
Legionella

The number of vulnerable workers worldwide is estimated between 1.48 and 1.59 billion – around half of the total global workforce.The global burden of ill-health is immense, yet workplace contribution is mostly unmeasured with poor health coverage.


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