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Occupational Health & Safety

Background brief of the SESH Working Group meeting

24 Jun 2015

The background brief of the PSI working group meeting on Safe and Effective Staffing for Health (SESH), that met on 11-12 May 2015 at UNISON in London, is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.

Safe handling of patients

28 April 2015

In April 2014, the New York State legislature in the US enacted the “Safe Patient Handling Act” that is now in the process of implementation. It is the 9th US state to enact such a law

Regulation by private enterprise indulges the private sector and obstructs public responsibility

27 March 2015
Safety matters

The International Labour Organization has set important standards in the field of occupational health and safety, notably the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155) and Occupational Health Services Convention, 1985 (No. 161), but it has yet to provide practical guidance on the management of occupational health and safety in the workplace.

WHO new injection safety policy will also protect health workers

27 February 2015

On 23 February, the World Health Organization launched a new policy for safer therapeutic injections at an international meeting on injection safety in Geneva.

Deregulation of transport safety can be lethal, say Korean unions

19 January 2015

Creating safe workplaces and a safe society. Under this slogan the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Committees for the Sewol ferry tragedy organized an international symposium on 1-3 December 2014 in Seoul.

Guidance to PSI unions on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa

11 August 2014

11 August 2014. Public Services International affiliated health workers’ unions in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone first warned their employers, their governments and the media of the threat of Ebola virus disease (EBV) early in 2014. Five months later, faced with the spread of the disease, including new cases in Nigeria - and the danger to health care workers in particular, the international community is mobilising. And these same health workers’ unions, as well as those in other countries, stand ready to support efforts to stop the spread.

Global Unions sign global health and safety agreement with GDF-SUEZ

12 June 2014
Signing of new health and safety agreement

On 13 May 2014, representatives from Public Services International, IndustriALL and Building and Woodworkers' International (BWI) signed a health and safety agreement with GDF-SUEZ. The agreement resolves to define and implement fundamental principles regarding health and safety at work within GDF SUEZ companies.

Liberian Government denies compensation to health workers who die from Ebola while saving lives

Video: Liberian Government denies compensation to health workers who die from Ebola while saving lives

03 June 2014

Liberian Government denies compensation to health workers who die from Ebola while saving lives

28 April International Workers' Memorial Day

No more excuses!

It is the duty of governments and enterprises to protect the health and safety of workers