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Avian Influenza (H5N1) and Agricultural and Food Workers: Rights, Risks, Public Policy Issues

The rights and working conditions of poultry workers must be incorporated into national and international action plans to tackle actual and potential outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Those who work on poultry farms and in poultry breeding facilities and processing plants are on the front line of the battle against avian influenza. They have a vital role to play in safeguarding public health and the public interest.

On this site you will find:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is necessary, but not a solution 07-Mar-2006

Avian Influenza (H5N1): Agricultural and Poultry Workers on the Front Line of Exposure - a Short Route to a Global Pandemic? 07-Mar-2006

Avian Influenza (H5N1) and the Food Chain: The link between workers’ rights, working conditions, food safety and public health 07-Mar-2006

Avian Influenza H5N1: An Occupational Health, Safety and Rights Issue for Food and Agricultural Workers 28-Oct-2005

IUF Briefing Paper: Avian Influenza (H5N1) and Agricultural Workers 01-Oct-2005


Half Million Jobless as Bird Flu Spreads in Bangladesh 18-Feb-2008

Poultry Workers at Risk in Massive Avian Flu Outbreak in Bangladesh 08-Feb-2008

H5N1 Outbreak In India Highlights Persistence of Global Threat 27-Jul-2007

FAO Confirms Global Spread of Avian Flu Virus/Farm, Poultry Workers Still Waiting for Adequate Protection 24-Aug-2006

New H5N1 Detection in the UK Highlights Urgent Need for Systematic Worker Protection 28-Apr-2006

New H5N1 Outbreak Confirmed in Pakistan/Global Employment Crisis in Poultry Deepens 18-Apr-2006

Workers ignored as bird flu advances across Asia 19-Mar-2006

Employment in Greek poultry industry 'on brink of collapse' 19-Mar-2006

UFCW Calls For Worker Component To Bird Flu Plan 14-Mar-2006

UK T&G Poultry plant reps to discuss avian flu dangers 14-Mar-2006

China Confirms Death of Poultry Worker Due to Avian Influenza H5N1 17-Nov-2005

One-Third of Global Meat Exports Affected by Animal Disease 04-Mar-2004

ILO Convention on Safety and Health in Agriculture a Victory for All Workers 22-Jun-2001

Resources on health and safety for agricultural and food workers:

Fact Sheet: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 13-Oct-2004

Download all 6 Manuals in the IUF-ILO Health, Safety and Environment Manuals for Agricultural Workers 13-Oct-2004

Fact Sheet: Biological Hazards 13-Oct-2004