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Rebecca Loudoun & Richard Johnstone

In: The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

Chapter 17: Occupational Health and Safety in the Modern World of Work

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Occupational Health and Safety in the Modern World of Work
Occupational health and safety in the modern world of work
Introduction Overview Data on Hazards, Illness and Injury

According to the principles of the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organisation (ILO), ‘every citizen of the world has a right to healthy and safe work and to a work environment that enables him or her to live a socially and economically productive life’ (WHO, 1995: 1). Only a few citizens are afforded this right, however, as evidenced by the high numbers of occupational illnesses, diseases and fatalities in most countries.

The ILO estimates that over 2 million people die every year from occupational accidents and diseases, some 270 million people suffer serious non-fatal ...

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