New OSH indicator proposed for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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The World Health Organisation and the International Labour Office have developed a proposal for a new OSH indicator for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), relating to Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

The new indicator captures deaths from diseases attributed to occupational risk factors (accounting for an estimated 73.3% of all work-related deaths), filling a substantial gap in coverage of Target 8.8 in the SDG Global Indicator Framework: “Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment”.

In the coming days, the proposal will be considered by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). The proposal has received widespread support, including from EU-OSHA.



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