Resolution on workers' protection adopted at HRC 42

At its 42nd Session the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the situation of workers exposed to hazardous substances. The resolution acknowledges that  the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work, as well as other interrelated and interdependent human rights of workers, continues to remain insufficiently implemented and realized, particularly with regard to unsafe occupational exposure to hazardous substances.

The Human Rights Council also takes note with appreciation of the recent report of the Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights in which he outlined key challenges and proposed 15 principles to help States, businesses and other key actors to protect workers from unsafe toxic exposures and to provide remedies for violations and abuses of workers' rights. The Resolution encourages States, business enterprises and other actors to implement these principles through their respective legal and policy frameworks, as well as through initiatives and programmes to strengthen the coherence between human rights and occupational health and safety standards with regard to the exposure of workers to toxic substances.

The resolution is now available here: A/HRC/RES/42/21