Worker Health & Safety

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The electronics industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economic environment, but it is also one of the least researched businesses in regards to labor practices and worker conditions. The ubiquity of uninterrupted purchasing, using, and discarding of digital technology has inevitably increased demand for electronics manufacturing, which in turn fuels the need for cheaper, faster, and more efficient labor output. Consequently, many of these industries circumvent and violate national labor laws, mainly by outsourcing to developing countries, to maximize and maintain a high rate of production and distribution. In addition, many of these factories are incredibly “dirty” facilities, where workers are often unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals that are used to make the electronic parts. The following presentation attempts to elucidate many secrets of the international electronics sector, focusing on the violation of human rights and the potential risk posed to human health and safety due to unethical labor practices.

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  • 1. Labor Rights & Occupational Health in the Electronics Industry
    A closer look at the dangers and risks of the global occupational environment

2. Overview
Introduction to Labor Rights and Occupational Health
Labor Justice in the Electronics Field
Global Supply Chain
Case Studies
Worker Health and Injury
Psychological Stress
Chemical Exposure
Recent News
What You Can Do
3. True or False?
___ 30% of ICT products are produced in theUnited States
___ The most common workplace injury is caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.
___ The average Chinese electronics workers wage is $.60 per hour.
___ Overtime hours are especially desired because these wages are very high.
4. What are Labor Rights?
Labor rights are legal rights that pertain to the labor relationship between workers and employers.
Labor rights aim to improve and establish suitable and fair work conditions, wages, benefits, for all workers .
The International Labor Organization (ILO), founded in 1919, is a sector of the United Nations that seeks to establish international legal rights for all workers throughout the world.
5. Labor Rights Continued
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights delineates that everyone, without discrimination, has the right to work,free choice of employment, equal pay for equal work and just and favorable conditions at work.
Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions and the right to rest and leisure.
6. Occupational Health
Cross-disciplinary field concerned with the health, welfare and safety of working people.
The goal of occupational health programs is to:
encourage and maintain the highest level of social, physical, and mental well-being of people in their working environments
to protect and prevent workers from employment-related risks that adversely affect health
to place workers in an occupational environment that is suitable and adapted for their physiological and psychological capabilities.
7. Why Should We Be Concerned?

  • Labor rights are basic human rights.

8. People of color, immigrants and women most often work in the lowest-paying and dangerous jobs around the world. 9. An estimated 211 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working around the world. 10. In the US alone,5,657 workers were killed by traumatic injuries and more than 60,000 died from occupational diseases in 2007.