Threats to workers' health and safety from hazardous chemical exposure poses a significant concern in Central America and the Caribbean
September has been a month of intense work with our colleagues from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Nicaragua with whom we are implementing a project to promote the sound management of chemicals and to strengthen trade unions´ capacities to reduce chemical risks.
Sustainlabour aims to know what the main challenges and what are the biggest barriers to advance trade union action on chemical risk. We have started to look at the situation in different countries and to research which are the major concerns for workers and the existing union capacities to cope with risks in some of the sectors most exposed to them. We are determined to improve union capacity in the subject and to train workers for action.
The workers are among the most vulnerable to chemical risks, they are part of the victims, but they are also part of the solution. Thus, it is important that trade unions take an active role in the discussion and implementation of the sectoral and national policies and strategies for the sound management of chemicals.
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