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Workers' Health

Aside of being sources of production and income, work and employment are recognized as key social determinants of health. The workforce of the Americas is close to 50% (460 Million) of its population. Latin America and the Caribbean hold close to 60% of those men and women, who daily work in all economic sectors of the labor market. Working people need safe, healthy and satisfactory working conditions, as well as equitable and fair employment conditions for assuring their highest performance, productivity, and contributing to individual, sectorial and regional development and productivity. But when work is unsafe, unsatisfactory or hazardous it can damage workers' health causing occupational injuries, diseases and fatalities. In consequence, control of working and employment conditions is a unique platform to protect and promote workers' health and well-being.

The Workers' Health team is committed to promoting equity in workers' health for the Region of the Americas by means of several preventive approaches: supporting Member States with technical cooperation for promoting workers' health by developing continuous improvement of healthy, safe and productive workplaces; and, preventing occupational diseases, injuries, and deaths. These tasks encompass liaison with a broad variety of stakeholders, to proactively move inter-sectorial agendas capable of responding to global, regional, and national priorities on workers' health.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:43

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