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Occupational safety and health

Despite common perceptions, private households are workplaces, and as such, they have associated occupational safety and health risks. Domestic workers are commonly exposed to chemical, ergonomic, physical, psychosocial and biological hazards, especially given the diversity of the tasks they perform.

Low awareness of these risks, lack of legal coverage, and the difficulties of inspecting private homes make domestic workers more vulnerable.

 

Violence and harassment

Domestic workers are also especially vulnerable to violence and harassment, since they work behind closed doors, in isolation, are often from already marginalized groups, and have limited power within the employment relationship.

They commonly experience economic, psychological, physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Other types of violence and harassment they might experience include bullying, coercion, violations of privacy and withholding of wages.

The adoption of ILO Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206 is highly relevant for domestic workers, as it recognizes the right to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.

Source of original article: News from the International Labour Organization (www.ilo.org).
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