Send a vote for healthy jobs to the United Nations

31 May 2012 by under Events, Organizations

Rio + 20 Send a vote for healthy jobs to the United NationsThe Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization () is asking the public to help give a voice to efforts to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. Simply go online to vote that an article titled “Ensure all jobs are healthy jobs” by Michael Kalmus Eliasz should be presented to the upcoming United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled to take place June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro.

The healthy jobs initiative fits in with ADAO’s mission to ensure safe workplaces by calling for a complete ban on asbestos. Asbestos was used for decades in industry as a fireproofing material. Tiny asbestos fibers can be inhaled and ingested, resulting in the development of asbestos diseases including , which is a deadly cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen and, more rarely, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

If the article about healthy jobs receives the most votes online, it will be presented to heads of state at the U.N. conference. The article, prepared by the International Association of Medical Students, quotes statistics from the International Labor Organization (ILO) that cite more than 2.34 million deaths from work-related diseases in 2008. It calls for the “integration of health assessments into strategies for job creation … in particular identifying health risks among both formal and informal workers across the supply chain and acting to mitigate these risks.”

You can read more of the paper, and find instructions to register and vote by visiting the ADAO online. The deadline for voting is JUNE 3, so please support this effort by voting today!

3 Responses to “Send a vote for healthy jobs to the United Nations”

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  3. Andrew Pelt

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!