Hazardous Labor

Hazardous child labour is defined by Article 3 (d) of ILO Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182) as:

(d) work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.

More specifically, hazardous child labour is work in dangerous or unhealthy conditions that could result in a child being killed, or injured and/or made ill as a consequence of poor safety and health standards and working arrangements. Some injuries or ill health may result in permanent disability. Often health problems caused by working as a child labour may not develop or show up until the child is an adult.

Global: Governments Fail to Plan Phase Out of Mercury Use in Small-scale Mining Where Child Labor Exists – IIECL

After rounds of intensive talks, which began in 2010, on January 19, 2013, 140 governments agreed to an international mercury treaty that encourages governments to do more to address the threat of mercury to health and safety. This marks the first environmental treaty that contains specific action on the prevention and treatment of mercury poisoning.Read the Rest…


Thailand: Finnwatch reports child labor at Thai tuna supplier – SeafoodSource

By Christine Blank, SeafoodSource contributing editor 25 January, 2013 – Chicken of the Sea and other global private label and branded canned tuna lines are …www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=19287


USA / China: Apple Releases Its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Audit Results – Labor and Human Rights Excerpt

Apple released on January 24th its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report, disclosing the results of its audit program for 2012 and revealing a number of labor and human rights violations, including evidence of 74 underage workers at one facility and over 100 underage workers among its audited supplier facilities. Highlights from Apple’s 2013 Report: Apple conductedRead the Rest…


Yemen: Child labor – The Shame of a Nation – Yemen Post

While Yemenis pride themselves for their family values, hundred of thousands of families across the country continue to rely on their children to bring an extra income, to the detriment of their education, well being and development. And while the issue has been plaguing Yemen as far as memory can stretch, all agree that no modernRead the Rest…


China: Apple releases electronics supplier from supply chain after discovery of underage workers – CNET

Following an audit that revealed the hiring of 74 underage workers, Apple has taken action to fire its supplier and eliminating their inclusion within their supply chain. Apple has severed its relationship with a China-based third-party labor supplier after discovering a conspiracy to employ dozens of underage workers there, Apple reported in its latest Supplier Responsibility report


Laos: Report Recommends Tightening Laws on Child Labor – Prensa Latina

22 de enero de 2013, 10:03Vientiane, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) An official report about child labor in Laos recommended strengthening the legal policies to benefit around 170,000 minors that are still exposed to those conditions. Research that began in …..


Switzerland: Olam joins International Cocoa Initiative to fight child labor – Confectionery News

Alain Fredericq, Senior Vice President Industrial Cocoa Ingredients at Olam, said “This partnership with the International Cocoa Initiative gives us the chance to further our efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labour in the cocoa supply …


Geneva: Report on 2012 Stakeholder Consultation on Addressing Child Labor in Nestlé’s Supply Chain – FLA

Stakeholder Consultation on Addressing Child Labor in Nestlé’s Cocoa Supply Chain. Publication date: Thursday, January 17, 2013. On November 26, 2012, …www.fairlabor.org/report/nestle-stakeholder-consultation


Yemen: Child labor continues to be an issue – ILO Report

International Labour Organization – ILO – issued a report on Tuesday which established the number of child labourers in Yemen -the poorest and most populous country of the Arabian Peninsula – to 1,3 million, about 17 percent of the country’s 7.7 …..


Morocco: Child Labor: Rape and Exploitation – Morocco World News

Child domestic servitude leaves children, especially girls, at risk of exploitation and abuse, including rape. The situation of child labor and maids should be opened for discussion without any feeling of …www.moroccoworldnews.com/…/child-labor-rape-and-exploit…


USA-Utah: Labor Department Finds Pecan Farm In Compliance With Child Labor Laws In Utah – KUTV

Because the pecans picked during the harvest could have been in violation with child labor laws, the bags of pecans picked by the polygamist children were held as “hot goods.” The shipments were voluntarily held by the ranch known as Southern…


Liberia: Labor Minister Troubled Over Child Labor, Trafficking…Says Liberia’s Image At Stake – AllAfrica

Labor Minister Varbah Gayflor Monday (Dec 17) expressed concerned over reports of increasing child labor and trafficking practices in the country and stated that the Ministry will intensify efforts of awareness in 2013 to salvage the situation …See a…


China: Child Labor Watch uncovers further evidence of child workers at Samsung supplier’s factory – CNet

China Labor Watch today said that a HTNS Shenzhen Co. factory that assembles Samsung cellphones employed at least three girls under the age of 16. The group noted the discovery came just two weeks after Samsung said it didn’t find any child workers…


Philippines: Study reveals 24% of workers in oil palm plantations are children – CTUHR

In time with the celebration of Children’s month, The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights presented to the public yesterday October 4, the findings of its research on child labor in oil palm plantations in Caraga revealing that 24% of workers in the said industry are children between 5-17 years old.


Global: Child Labor Produces Footwear in Five Countries, Apparel in Eight – Sporting Goods Intelligence

Footwear and apparel continue to be made by child labor in 13 countries around the world, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s 11th annual report on child and forced labor worldwide. The 786-page report lists 144 countries that are producing good…


India: 16 Child labourers rescued from embroidery units – Times of India

SURAT: Labor department rescued 16 child laborers from different Jari and Embroidery units located in Bhathena, Anjana and Bharatnagar area of the city . All the boys were brought in from Khagadia of Bihar and were being exploited by unit owners.See al…


USA-Global: 3 reports on global child and forced labor – USDOL

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the release of three revised reports on global child labor and forced labor that were prepared by the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. At an event to …DOL News Re…


Uzbekistan: Uzbek government breaks promise to end child labor in cotton fields – Washington Times

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Uzbekistan’s prime minister pledged last month to end child labor in the country’s cotton fields. But as the harvest season gets under way, human rights activists say children as young as 13 are being put to work under …


Australia: Poor children made to stitch sports balls for Russel Corporation in India’s sweatshops – Brisbane Times

The Australian managing director of Sherrin's parent company, Russell Corporation, Chris Lambert, said the use of child labour "in no way comes anywhere close to our standards of corporate social responsibility”. It’s not accept…


Brazil: Child Labor Drops; 704,000 Children Still Working – Prensa Latina

Brasilia, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Child labor in Brazil decreased 23.5 percent from 2009 to 2011, but nearly 704,000 children between the ages of five and 13 are still working, according to data released by the Brazilian ….


USA-Washington: Nailed on wage theft, child labor; Feds crack down on local violators – Wash St Dept of Labor and Industries

Wage theft, child labor — Feds crack down on local violators Wage and hour laws, along with other employment standards, are on the books to ensure workers …nailed.lni.wa.gov/post/31067977505


Philippines: 13-year-old Filipino wins Intl Children’s Peace Prize – Business Mirror

Kesz received the award for his efforts to improve the rights of street children in the Philippines, “where more than 246,000 street children are subjected to abuse, violence and child labor,” said a news release from the foundation. “Many of the…


USA-Nebraska: Valentine auction sale barn hit with 26 child labor violations – Record

The Department of Labor opened an investigation of the sale barn that October and discovered 26 violations of the child labor laws. The sale barn allowed five minors to herd cattle, employed three youths under the legal age of employment, employed …S…


USA-NC: Loophole in US child labor law allows children’s exposure to tobacco nicotine – HRW

In eastern North Carolina, HRW researchers interviewed children as young as 14 who worked in tobacco, and recent news reports describe children as young as nine and 10…