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Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire

Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it

At a meeting convened in 2011 to boost safety at Bangladesh garment factories, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) made a call: paying suppliers more to help them upgrade their manufacturing facilities was too costly.

The comments from a Wal-Mart sourcing director appear in minutes of the meeting, which was attended by more than a dozen retailers including Gap Inc. (GPS), Target Corp. and JC Penney Co.

Details of the meeting have emerged after a fire at a Bangladesh factory that made clothes for Wal-Mart and Sears Holdings Corp. killed more than 100 people last month. The blaze has renewed pressure on companies to improve working conditions in Bangladesh, where more than 700 garment workers have died since 2005


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Welfare board shows 'nil' death of construction workers in 5 years - The Times of India

Welfare board shows 'nil' death of construction workers in 5 years - The Times of India | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
There seems to be little welfare on the agenda of the Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board list.
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Occupational health: Who cares about the employee?

Occupational health: Who cares about the employee? | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
In a country where getting employment is like finding a needle in a hay stack, the challenges of the few employed continues as they face diverse risks...
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"Safe" Workplace Solvents Affect Brain Aging

"Safe" Workplace Solvents Affect Brain Aging | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
People who regularly work with "safe" solvents such as paint or degreasers face an increased risk of thought and memory problems as they age, according to a recent study.
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[Bangladesh]Shipyard now a model of safety

[Bangladesh]Shipyard now a model of safety | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Bangladesh, known for its frequent factory disasters, has also emerged as a model of workplace safety.
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Dramatic rise in ranks of U.S. “permatemp” workers: Employment study

Dramatic rise in ranks of U.S. “permatemp” workers: Employment study | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Critics say this model creates disposable workers who can't defend themselves when their sub-employer violates the law, and who have little chance at becoming a permanent employee or organizing to form a union.
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OSH Rights: April 2014, No 31

OSH Rights: April 2014, No 31 | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
In this Issue Commemorating 1 Year Anniversary of Rana Plaza Industrial Homicide Government welcomes passage of Air Pollution Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2013 - Ban asbestos in Hong Kong ...
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Sri Lanka : National Occupational Safety and Health Policy of Sri Lanka gets cabinet approval

Sri Lanka : National Occupational Safety and Health Policy of Sri Lanka gets cabinet approval | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Sri Lanka : National Occupational Safety and Health Policy of Sri Lanka gets cabinet approval (Sri Lanka - latest news stories and top headlines)
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Chemicals at workplace kill 63 people in three months

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), National news agency of Bangladesh
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Bangladesh union organizers allege intimidation

Bangladesh union organizers allege intimidation | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
In Bangladesh, efforts to unionize garment factories are running into opposition, and some activists allege factory intimidation and even physical assaults.
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International Workers' Memorial Day - ITUC and Hazards

@FNV to mobilise 4 fair compensation 4 #asbestos victims & + labour inspectorates for safe asbestos removal #iwmd14 http://t.co/Dndq6OSah5
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Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco

Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Workers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant rallied Friday outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., complaining they are being forced to work for meager pay in dangerous ...
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'Pollution pay' for Panasonic's expat staff in China - The Times of India

'Pollution pay' for Panasonic's expat staff in China - The Times of India | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Electronics maker Panasonic Corp has announced it would compensate its Japanese employees for living with heavy smog and pollution in China amid reports that many foreigners were leaving the country due to it.
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CDC tests people for 212 of the 80,000+ chemicals made since the industrial revolution

CDC tests people for 212 of the 80,000+ chemicals made since the industrial revolution | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
What does the U.S. do to track the potentially harmful substances that build up in humans?
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Bangladesh : ITC-ILO imparts training to 125 labour inspectors - Apparel News Bangladesh

Bangladesh : ITC-ILO imparts training to 125 labour inspectors - Apparel News Bangladesh | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Labour Inspectors of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) were awarded certificates at an event to mark the successful
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Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S.

Banned in Europe, Safe in the U.S. | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Why are some chemicals banned in Europe while considered safe in the U.S.?
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Death of 8 workers trapped in fire should be wake-up call for PH—labor group

Death of 8 workers trapped in fire should be wake-up call for PH—labor group | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
It's not the first time that workers were killed in a fire after being trapped in a padlocked building. And it might happen again if the government doesn't move fast, a labor safety organization said.
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PIA | DOLE issues occupational safety and health protection tips for kasambahay, employers

PIA | DOLE issues occupational safety and health protection tips for kasambahay, employers | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Philippine Information Agency, the development communication arm of the Philippine government, member of the Presidential Communications Group
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Workshop on occupational health, safety at GCU

Workshop on occupational health, safety at GCU | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
LAHORE: The Sustainable Development Study Centre of Government College University Monday held a one-day workshop on “Occupational Health and Safety” to apprise the students and professionals about health and safety principles and practices. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman
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Ratify ILO Convention on safety & health

Ratify ILO Convention on safety & health | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Government has been asked to sign onto the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention (155) to ensure effective occupational health and safety in and around workplaces...
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Reducing the harms of toxic air in mining and smelting communities

Reducing the harms of toxic air in mining and smelting communities | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it

Children in the mining towns of Mount Isa in Queensland and Port Pirie in South Australia are exposed to harmful levels of pollutants that increase their risk of learning and developmental disorders, and…

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Going through labour - TNS - The News on Sunday

Going through labour - TNS - The News on Sunday | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Delegates from Saarc region gather in Lahore to discuss common labour issues. A parallel assembly also goes on demanding implementation of local labour laws
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NGO Shipbreaking Platform » Press Release – Lack of safety kills four shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh yard

NGO Shipbreaking Platform » Press Release – Lack of safety kills four shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh yard | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
NGO Shipbreaking Platform - The NGO Platform on Shipbreaking works to raise awareness and prevent the human rights abuses and the environmental injustice provoked when toxic wastes on board end-of-life vessels are freely traded without restraint in the global market place.
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Rana Plaza factory collapse compensation – interactive guide

Rana Plaza factory collapse compensation – interactive guide | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
Eight brands have publicly confirmed they have paid into an International Labour Organisation-backed compensation scheme for relatives of the factory collapse in Bangladesh last year
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Unskilled and Destitute Are Hiring Targets for Fukushima Cleanup

Unskilled and Destitute Are Hiring Targets for Fukushima Cleanup | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
The operator of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has left the complex cleanup to a poorly trained work force that has made some dangerous missteps.
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Bangladesh Inspections Find Gaps in Safety - NYTimes.com

Bangladesh Inspections Find Gaps in Safety - NYTimes.com | Occupational and Environment Health | Scoop.it
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