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Human Rights Watch reported 23rd January 2018: That forced labor and other rights abuses are widespread in Thailand’s fishing fleets.

Despite government commitments to comprehensive reforms, the report describes how migrant fishers from neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are often trafficked into fishing work, prevented from changing employers, not paid on time, and paid below the minimum wage. Migrant workers do not receive Thai labor law protections and do not have the right to form a labor union. The report and a 15-minute film were released at a briefing at the European Parliament on January 23.

Profile picture of lead educator Bente E. Moen © University of Bergen Bente Elisabeth Moen: -My wish is that this MOOC can be an inspiration for all students to work for good psychosocial working conditions. No one should be afraid at their work place.

In January 2018 we were informed about: The death of a doctor in Nigeria who died from Lassa Fever contracted in the line of duty.

Health workers are clearly not sufficiently protected at work in this country. Two weeks ago, Nigerian Twitter was in uproar over the death of a certain Ahmed Victor Idowu. He was a House Officer (i.e. a qualified doctor practising under supervision in hospital in the first couple of years after graduation) who died from Lassa Fever contracted in the line of duty.

Profile picture of educator Magne BrÃ¥tveit © University of Bergen Magne Bråtveit: -Our course has focused on occupational exposures in traditional industries in developing countries. This knowledge will make you prepared to look out for occupational risks in newer sectors like the recycling industry.

The news 16th January 2018 reported: that at least 10 people have died after a suspension bridge collapsed in Colombia.

The pictures from the site are scary, revealing how far pieces of the structure fell into the canyon below. These workers were clearly at a very high risk. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet in public use.

Profile picture of educator Ole Jacob Møllerløkken. © University of Bergen Ole Jacob Møllerløkken -I hope that you in this course have learned about the physical factors that may be encountered at workplaces and how it is possible to achieve a safe workplace in spite of different risk factors for health.

The Sky news told in an article in 2018: that children as young as four years are working in Congolese mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones.

It is a heartbreaking story. The mineral is an essential component of batteries for smartphones and laptops, making billions for multinationals such as Apple and Samsung, yet many of those working to extract it are earning as little as 8 pence a day in desperately dangerous conditions.

Profile picture of educator Gro Tjalvin © University of Bergen Gro Tjalvin: - Health personnel should be educated to recognize work-related diseases, and be able to suggest preventive measures. This is where I hope this course will make a major contribution. Because, - no one should be harmed at work!

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