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health & safety at work
Health & Safety at work is a major issue for workers across the Asia Pacific region. Poverty forces workers to take any job, no matter how dangerous. Dangers come from unsafe machines, unsafe production methods and from chemicals, dusts and explosions. Hazards to workers include heat, cold, falling from high places, confined spaces, radiation, vibration and noise. Hazards at work also include violence, assaults and bullying against workers.
Workers have the right to Information about possible dangers at work. They have the right to training, good equipment and enough time to work safely.
organising for health & safety
But really all dangers come from the employers placing production and profit ahead of the lives and health of the workers.
Workers have the right to organise together in unions to talk about safety at work, to ask for information and equipment, and to refuse to do work that is dangerous.
AAWL has developed the Regional Health & Safety Project to support workers and unions organising for health & safety. The project aims to link activist networks and union to support workers organising for health & safety in the Asia Pacific region.
We have helped to promote a body mapping workshop, which is a method of organising a Health & Safety discussion at work without needing documents, books or written reports.
Workers can take collective action for their Health & Safety.
All workers have the right to be safe at work.
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