7 July 2017
The Netherlands signs three ILO-treaties on occupational health and safety
Three treaties on occupational health and safety were signed last month. These three ILO-treaties are 139 – breast cancer, 148 – working environment and 170 – chemical solutions.
fltr: Annie van Wezel (FNV), Ton Schoenmaeckers (VNO-NCW), Georges Politakis (ILO), Roel Gans (ministerie SZW), Catelene Passchier (FNV), Hester Houwing (CNV)
Standard norms for the protection of employees
By signing these treaties a number of standard norms for the protection of employees are now embedded in Dutch legislation. These standard norms take into account work-related cancer, detrimental consequences of pollution, noise, and tremors but also the use of chemicals. The Netherlands meets the demands of the treaties and signing will assist in keeping up with these demands in the future.
Official transfer by government, unions and employers.
The signing and handover took place on Thursday the 8th of June during the ILO=conference. The ILO legal adviser, who received the papers, said it was exceptional that he was handed these documents by a tripartite delegation. Normally these initiatives are taken solely by governments.
International treaty on employee rights
In the ILO governments, unions and employer organizations from all over the world negotiate international treaties on the rights of employees. These treaties are considered valid once the countries sign them and are then embedded in the national legislation. The more countries signing such a treaty, the more the treaty adds to a more realistic and fair globalization process.
Working healthily and safe
According to the latest estimations by the ILO, 2.3 million people die every year because of work-related accidents and diseases. This translates into roughly 6.300 per day. International treaties on occupational health and safety are an important step in reducing these numbers.