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A/HRC/39/48: Workers’ Rights and Toxic Exposures - Report of the Special Rapporteur on toxic waste


03 August 2018

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Hazardous substances and waste


In the present report, the Special Rapporteur analyses the human rights of workers implicated and affected by their occupational exposure to toxic substances. He discusses the current challenges facing workers in the global economy. The Special Rapporteur concludes with a proposed set of principles to respect and protect the rights of workers implicated by toxic occupational exposures, and to ensure effective remedies for violations or abuses.

More on vulnerable groups being exposed to toxic wastes


The Special Rapporteur circulated a questionnaire for all stakeholders to help inform the thematic reports on workers exposed to toxic substances.

The Special Rapporteur wishes to warmly thank all who contributed their expertise towards formulation of the principles, either through written submissions, participating in expert consultations, or otherwise providing feedback and information throughout the process. See below links to all written contributions.

Issued By:

Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes

Delivered To:

the Human Rights Council at its 39th session