The purpose behind Workers’ Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living”.
Over 20,000 people die every year because of their work. Most of these because of exposure to dangerous substances. This year the theme for the day is "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace”
Homeworkers who work with hazardous substances, such as solvent-based glues for assembly work, or toxic paints, are particularly vulnerable as these substances are used in their homes, where they eat, sleep and live. Homes are not built with the necessary ventilation or storage facilities for using hazardous substances, increasing the risk of damage to health.
Also, because the work goes on at home, other members of the family, including children, are exposed to these substances placing them at risk too.
Follow the link below to find out more about the range of events taking place to mark Workers’ Memorial Day across the UK.