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Access to paid work is no guarantee of decent work Heading link

More than 60 percent of workers across the globe labor in the informal economy, compelled by by lack of income or other means of financial support.  Informal workers confront vulnerable places of work, with exposure to occupational and environmental health hazards. These risks are not confined to low-income countries; increasingly, informal workers in middle and high-income nations are encountering declining work conditions.

Workers in the formal economy may encounter safer work conditions, but the capacity to implement occupational and environmental health best practices remains limited worldwide.

The UIC School of Public Health’s WHO Collaborating Center focuses on building capacity and expertise in occupational and environmental health with public health advocates around the world, who otherwise would not have access to training.  This growing cadre of experts are mitigating exposures and ramping up efforts to improve worker health.