Occupational health, new lifestyles

Posted: 28 September 2007

The workplace is the most hazardous environment. In many developing countries bad working conditions or exposure to toxic chemicals, dust and allergenic or carcinogenic agents affect millions, as does exposure to insecticides and other toxic chemicals on the land.

  • WHO estimates that there are 217 million cases of occupational diseases and 250 million cases of injury at work every year, with about 50 million new cases of occupational respiratory diseases.
Tobacco smoker, India. Photo: P Virot/WHOI
Tobacco smoker, India. Photo: P Virot/WHOI
Tobacco smoker, India. Smoking is a widespread killer and is increasing in developing countries© P. Virot/WHO