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Occupational health and sustainable management of chemicals. Group coordinated by Isamar Escalona (CSA) and Omara Amuko (UITA).
According to the ILO, it is estimated that every year 2,2 million people die in relation to their work, including over 100,000 deaths per year caused by exposition to asbestos, 270 work accidents and 160 million illnesses related to work. In economic terms, around 4% of the GDP is lost on a global scale due to direct and indirect costs caused by such accidents and illnesses.
The working group of the Assembly paid special attention to the management of hazardous chemicals, with serious impacts on the environment and health of workers, demanding the right to know what we are using, the participation in prevention policies and the respect to the precautionary principle.