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Document ID (ISN)108147
CIS number 08-546
ISSN - Serial title 0029-7909 - Occupational Hazards
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brown G.
Title International OHS: Through the looking glass of the global economy
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, p.58-61. Illus.
Abstract In late 2007, a multinational group of occupational safety and health professionals travelled to Mexico to observe working conditions at a giant open-pit copper mine at the request of a trade union. The conditions were found to be poor. Levels of silica dust were particularly high. Dust collectors had been dismantled. The mine was also visited by Mexican labour inspectors who ordered the employer to implement a series of measures. The next step of this international occupational safety and health project will likely include filing a complaint by trade unions in Mexico and the United States. Efforts also are being made to raise funds for a more comprehensive health study of active and retired miners to determine the prevalence of respiratory diseases such as silicosis.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; Mexico; copper mining; role of workers' organizations; labour inspection; opencast work
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; USA; legal aspects; silica; disobeying safety instructions; conditions of work; permissible levels; criminal liability; silicosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying
Criminal liability in OSH
Labour inspection