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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The International Labor Organization

The International Labor Organization

Human Rights to Health and Safety at Work

(p.201) 9 The International Labor Organization
Human Rights in Global Health

Lee Swepston

Oxford University Press

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a vital part of the right to health. While the International Labor Organization (ILO) historically treated OSH as an entirely technical matter, it has increasingly been influenced by a human rights agenda. The ILO has responded by adopting and promoting a large number of international standards—in the form of conventions, recommendations, and codes of practice that result in protection against dangers at work. These standards combat specific risks, guide the establishment of health protection across industries, provide guidance for dealing with HIV and AIDS in the workplace, help to set up systems of health protection, provide for how disabled workers can function, and design social security regimes. The ILO also provides practical help to prevent accidents and diseases at the workplace and to stop industrial accidents that kill and injure large numbers of workers—and that have a damaging influence on public health.

Keywords:   safety and health, OSH, right to health, International Labor Organization, disability, international standards, conventions, recommendations, codes of practice, social security

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