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The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge

2012

International Labour Organization

This paper will elaborate on the issues posed by e-waste, the scale of its use, destinations for the trans-boundary trade flow in e-waste, risks to workers, labour and employment issues, chemicals of concern, OSH aspects, and the legal framework. It will take a systems analysi...

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Tackling informality in e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises

2014

International Labour Organization

As a follow up to the working paper The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge (1), this paper provides further insight on the e-waste sector, focusing on labour challenges and opportunities to leverage working conditions through the promotion of cooperatives and o...

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Decent work in the management of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste)

2019

International Labour Organization

This research work promotes decent work in e-waste management and furthers the international exchange and understanding of the issue. In the study, there is fact-finding evidence on the engagement of cooperatives, social enterprises and other types of organizations in the e-wa...

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The Labour, Human Health and Environmental Dimensions of E-waste Management in China

2015

International Labour Organization

This research paper examines the labor, human health and environmental dimensions of e-waste management in China, analyzing both the formal and informal sectors. It identified the needs for synergizing policies and measures concerning environmental pollution control and labor ...

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Skills for green jobs - A global view

2011

International Labour Organization

This report studied different countries approaches to reveal how the potential for new and better jobs in greener industries is being realized, and, how countries have succeeded in adjusting their training provision to meet new demand; how skill gaps are delaying the green tra...

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Work Improvement for Safe Home: Action manual for improving safety and health of E-waste workers

2019

International Labour Organization

An illustrated manual that aims to assist e-waste workers in improving their safety, health, and productivity and shows many low-cost ideas that e-waste workers can easily adopt by using locally-available materials. This manual consists of a 22-item action-checklist and ninete...

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One WEEE, many species: Lessons from the European experience

2011

United Nations University

The European Union’s (EU) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was essentially in response to the toxicity of e-waste — to ensure that it was collected and treated in an environmentally sound manner. This paper identifies some key features of the Directiv...

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UNU & WHO Survey on E-waste and its Health Impact on Children

2013

United Nations University

Following the launch of a new initiative by WHO addressing electronic waste and child health, the United Nations University (UNU), which hosts the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, and WHO carried out an on-line survey with a wider body of experts. This survey ai...

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E-waste Management in Germany

2011

United Nations University

This report describes the German e-waste management system in the European context. It explains the key players and their roles, shows the performance of the system, and discusses the positive and negative experiences obtained during the five years operation of the German e-wa...

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Person in the Port Project: Assessing Import of Used Electrical and Electronic Equipment into Nigeria.

2017

United Nations University

This report presents the method and results of the inspection of containers and vehicles, and the review of import documents, associated with UEEE imports via the Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC) and the Lagos Port Complex Apapa (LPCA), the two hubs for UEEE imports in Nige...

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