occupational health

Word of the Week: Thoracotomy

开胸验肺 (kāixiōng yànfèi): thoracotomy Incision into the chest cavity in preparation for lung...

Losing Battle Against Lung Disease and Workers’ Rights

Of the growing number of migrant workers affected by pneumoconiosis, Echo Hui reports, only a few manage to get compensation as authorities turn a blind eye to occupational health and workers’ rights. From South China...

China Miners Risk Deadly Disease – BBC

Chinese miners work one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and are routinely killed in gruesome accidents in illegal and unregulated mines. Now, health officials in China are concerned by a deadly disease which, as human rights groups have been reporting for years, is affecting an increasing number of miners and other workers: […]

Women at Battery Companies Battle for Their Lives – Guo Qiang

From China Daily: Two-year-old Rou Rou (alias) cries exhaustedly if strangers look at her. Unlike a shy baby girl, Rou, whose body, except for her belly, is covered with blackened skin tries to stay out of the sight of others, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on November 11. Rou’s mother is Zhou Huaqiong, who previously […]

China raises 5 million US dollars for coal miners with black lung – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily: More than 200,000 coal miners plagued by pneumoconiosis, or black lung, will enjoy medical treatment as a total of 42 million yuan (5.4 million US dollars) has been so far raised for that purpose. The money came from 18 large state-owned coal mining businesses, according to officials with the China coal mine […]

Xinhua: Occupational disease takes huge tolls on China

From Xinhua: Occupational disease, a health problem caused by exposure to workplace health hazards, is taking enormous tolls, both human and economic, on China, the China Daily said on Saturday. Every year, the direct economic loss caused by occupational disease or work-related injuries amounts to 100 billion yuan (12 billion US dollars), while the indirect […]

Jewelry Workers in China Dying of Incurable Lung Disease

From China Labour Bulletin, an article about the dangers faced by jewelry workers in China: Over the past few years, about 60 workers in several Hong Kong-invested jewellery factories in Huizhou and Shenzhen have been found to be in the late stages of pneumoconiosis or silicosis (a form of pneumoconiosis), which is also known as […]



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