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December 2006

ILO welcomes EU decision to promote Decent Work for All

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed the decision of the European Council of Ministers to adopt a set of conclusions on the promotion of decent work in the European Union and through the world, saying it provided powerful new support to efforts aimed at making decent work a global reality.

The ILO said the decision of the European Council was the most recent in a series of moves that have strengthened links between the ILO's Decent Work Agenda and the policies and actions of the EU, and would pave the way for cooperation that could "realize the innovative power of productive and decent work".

"Europe is showing leadership on a crucial issue at a crucial time," said Friedrich Buttler, ILO Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at a conference on "Promoting Decent Work in the World: the Contribution of the EU" organized by the European Commission in Brussels on 4-5 December. "That leadership - and a stronger partnership between the EU and the ILO - is critical to making decent work a global reality."

Noting that unemployment in Europe was "disturbingly high" at 17 million - especially among youth under the age of 25 - while half the world's workers were unable to rise above the US$ 2 per person, per day poverty line, Mr. Buttler said. "The harsh reality is that despite five years of relatively strong economic performance, the world is not generating enough decent jobs to keep pace with a 40 million annual increase in the global labour force or substantially reduce unemployment and working poverty".

"This is a tragic waste of human lives and has many troubling implications for our societies," Mr. Buttler said.

The European Council Conclusions on Decent Work for All adopted Friday 8 December 2006 will position the EU as part of a global strategy on decent work for all. In 2005, the UN World Summit gave strong support to the goal of full and productive employment and decent work for all as part of worldwide efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Another breakthrough occurred in July of this year when the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council in Geneva endorsed decent work as a global goal.

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Stop sniping... Letter to the London Times, 9 Dec 2006

Sir, There has been a steady stream of hostility towards the Health & Safety Executive, accusing it of creating red tape, restricting personal liberty, encouraging excessive risk aversion and supporting a claims culture. This highly negative portrayal does not reflect the experience of those at the sharp end, in business, trade unions and the professions who work closely with the HSE.

The HSE's 2006 performance report, Measuring Up, shows that over the past three decades this organisation has, with others, helped to save more than 5,000 lives and has actually cut the number of health and safety regulations on the statute books by half.

There is a distinct danger that unremitting criticism of the HSE will obscure the reality that most H&S regulation is fair, well balanced and works unnoticed to keep workers and the public safe. In a rapidly changing world of work, in which health, safety and wellbeing are increasingly critical to competitiveness, it is vital that we value and support the work of this world class organisation.

ROB STRANGE
Chief Executive, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
DAVID BALLARD
Chief Executive, British Safety Council
GRAHAM JUKES
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
ERROL TAYLOR
Deputy Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
BRENDAN BARBER
General Secretary, TUC
WILL HUTTON
Chief Executive, The Work Foundation
PAUL REEVE
Health & Safety Adviser, Electrical Contractors Association
GARY BOOTON
Director of Health, Safety & Environment, EEF 'the manufacturers' organisation

www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,59-2494183,00.html

Occupational and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals Conference

Abstracts will be accepted until February 17, 2007. The conference will be held June 17-20, 2007 in Golden, Colorado, USA and is cosponsored by NIOSH and the Colorado School of Mines.

Scientists will exchange information on the science, knowledge gaps, challenges and policy opportunities related to exposures of the skin to chemicals with special emphasis on improved prevention of local and systemic injury and disease.

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28 April 2007 - World Safety and Heath Day - start preparing now!

The theme for the International Labour Office (ILO) World Safety and Health Day to be held on 28 April 2007 will be "Making Decent Work a Reality - Safe and Healthy Workplaces".

The idea behind it is to promote the new convention C. 187 Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006

www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en

New publications from the US National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (NIOSH)

The following new publications may be of interest to readers:

ILO's preparedness for avian influenza

The 4th International Conference on Avian Influenza took place on 6-8 December 2006 in Bamako, Mali, and provided new insights into the disease and latest developments on national integrated strategies to combat it.

The Conference was also organized to promote, mobilize, and help coordinate financial support from the donor community for the national, regional and global response to highly pathogenic avian influenza and to support efforts at all levels to prepare for a possible human influenza pandemic. Thus, a new version of the Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) was introduced at the Conference. Produced on behalf of UN technical agencies, the Plan is a comprehensive unified strategy for the UN system on pandemic influenza prevention, preparedness and response to control avian influenza. It builds on the AHI action plans, funds and programmes developed and implemented by each agency.

The ILO's tripartite structure places it in an extremely favorable position to address the concerns by governments, employers and workers engaged in combating AHI at the national and enterprise levels. Improvements in working conditions, including occupational safety and health, as well as dissemination of information on control measures (such as using appropriate protection, taking precautions and educating workers) are particularly relevant in terms of preventive actions. The ILO's conventions and other instruments provide regulatory a framework, support and advice enhancing national infrastructures, systems and programmes and strengthening national capacity for tackling AHI.

The ILO is part of this consolidated UN effort and its financial requirements for 2007 amount to a total of US$ 2,450,000. The consolidated document is also to be used to raise resources from ILO's constituents and other donors. The ILO efforts on this issue are coordinated by the Crisis Response and Reconstruction Programme.

Selected Internet Resources on Protecting Workers Against Avian Influenza

The International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/index.htm has made a list of selected internet resources providing information on the protection of workers against avian influenza. Prepared and made available by international and national organizations, the documents and guides address risks when working with poultry, in laboratories, as airline crews, etc. Control measures involve using appropriate protection, taking precautions and educating workers in order to prevent an outbreak in the human population.

Access the CIS page on Protecting workers against avian influenza www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/products/themes/themes-avian.htm

This is also available in French and Spanish

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