Labour Rights

Workers lack adequate protective equipment and training


Use of personal protective equipment is one of the important measures to safeguard workers from exposure to occupational hazards, especially in developing countries. If adequate protective equipment is not available for workers, employees are exposed to serious workplace injuries and illnesses from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. These circumstances can impact on the right to life, health and livelihoods, with serious implications for dependents, including children.

Relevant Human Rights Instruments

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966, Article 7
Convention concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment, 1981 (No. 155)
Occupational Health Services Convention, 1985 (No. 161)
Declaration on Occupational Health For All, 1994
Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187)



SDG 8.8

Companies that contribute to workplace safety contribute to SDG 8.8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.