Every day, millions of workers are exposed to chemical substances in the chemical industry but also in the downstream sectors where these substances are used:
agriculture, building, trade and woodworking industry, automotive sector, textiles, IT, among others. Chemical hazards currently represent a major cause of mortality related to working conditions in the world.
Given the global nature of chemical risks and the effects of globalization trends, there is increasing recognition of the importance of the sound management of chemicals at international level. For this reason, trade unions, led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), have been participating actively in
the development of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) to produce a policy framework for international action on chemical hazards.
Sustainlabour, through projects developed within the SAICM (Strategic Approach of International Chemical Management) framework, aims to improve trade unions capacities to act as a key stakeholder in achieving the sustainable management of chemical substances, both at the workplace and in policies at the national and international level:
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe