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Climate change threatens the health of seven out of every worker in the world

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 16:33:58

Seven out of every ten workers in the world, 71%, are exposed to serious risks to their health that are related to climate change. Among them, excess heat is the cause of 22.8 million occupational injuries and costs 19,000 lives each year, in addition to more than two million life years adjusted according to the disability suffered. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has published this new data today, Monday, which indicates that workers whose safety and health are threatened by climate change are now at least 5.4% more than in 2000.

Based on the rise in global temperatures – which since 2016 have broken records year after year -, thermal stress affects 2,410 million workers at some point during their work, out of an economically active population of 3,400 individuals, and is responsible that 26.2 million people suffer from kidney conditions. Heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps, cardiovascular diseases, heat syncope, among other problems are typical.

The most affected are agricultural workers, those who carry out tasks related to the management of natural resources, construction, waste collection, transportation, tourism and sports, that is, those who spend a significant part of their time Outdoor day.

Uninformed 2020

The data used to reach these conclusions is from 2020 (the last for which complete and global figures are available), so it is most likely that the number of people affected is actually higher. In a report on the need to ensure the safety and health of workers in the face of climate change, the ILO also addresses other environmental factors exacerbated by rising temperatures and which have harmful repercussions on workers.

These include exposure to UV radiation during work, an important factor in skin cancer (other than melanoma) and which causes as many deaths as excessive heat. It is estimated that 1.6 billion workers are exposed each year to ultraviolet radiation (intensified by the gradual depletion of the ozone layer), which also causes sunburn, skin blisters, acute eye injuries, cataracts, and a weakened immune system. .

Likewise, extreme weather events and natural disasters also related to climate change threaten the well-being of many workers, particularly those dedicated to responding to these emergencies, cleaning up tasks, as well as missions and rescues, it points out. the ILO.

Concentration of different atmospheric pollutants

Climate change also increases the concentration of different atmospheric pollutants, directly or indirectly (due to forest fires, for example), to which 860,000 annual deaths from lung cancer and other respiratory diseases are attributed.

Finally, the ILO also includes as a risk to the health of workers the use of pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture, whose performance is directly affected by climatic issues, such as the level of rainfall, the appearance of pests or the lack of soil of essential nutrients for plant growth.

It is estimated that a total of 870 million agricultural workers who suffer from high exposure to chemicals cause more than 300,000 deaths annually from pesticide poisoning.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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