In the face of infectious disease Protect workers during and after lockdowns urges UN labour agency

Channel 1 Los Angeles

4/28/2020

“In the face of an infectious disease outbreak, how we protect our workers now clearly dictates how safe our communities are, and how resilient our businesses will be, as this pandemic evolves”, said Mr. Ryder.

Risk control measures should be specifically adapted to meet the needs of the pandemic’s frontline workers, including, nurses, doctors, cleaners, those in food services and other workers “who risk their own health for us every day”.

“It is only by implementing occupational safety and health measures that we can protect the lives of workers, their families and the larger communities, ensure work continuity and economic survival”, spelled out the ILO chief.

And while telecommuting offers new opportunities for employees to keep their jobs, he flagged that “workers must be able to negotiate these arrangements so that they retain balance with other responsibilities, such as caring for children, the sick or the elderly, and of course themselves”.

Risk assessments

In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work, the report highlights the occupational safety and health risks that have arisen from the contagion.

It also explores measures to prevent and control the risks associated with the COVID-19pandemic, including psychosocial, ergonomic, and other work-related safety and health issues.

The ILO Centenary Declaration, adopted in June 2019, declared that “safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work”.

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