Market variability - safety fluctuations. Mineral prices and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) among Bolivian cooperative miners

Trueba, Mei (2017) Market variability - safety fluctuations. Mineral prices and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) among Bolivian cooperative miners. In: EPICOH 2017: Eliminating Occupational Disease. Translating research into action., 28th-31st August 2017, Edinburgh.

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Abstract

Drawing on a combination of quantitative and ethnographic data this presentation explores the relationship between commodity prices and work-related injuries and fatalities among Bolivian cooperative miners. The presentation describes the short term health and safety impacts of rises and falls in mineral prices together with their complex pathways of influence before analysing the long term OHS impacts of market variability. Inviting reflection about the role of global trade relations and interdependencies in shaping workplace’ health and safety, this presentation demonstrates that a focus on exposure assessment calculations and workplace interventions is not enough for improving OHS. I suggest that greater attention is to be paid to understanding the macro-economic determinants of OHS in order to identify locally-relevant policy points of action.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Keywords: Bolivia, Health and Safety, global trade, working conditions, mining
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN406 Cultural traits, customs, and institutions > GN448 Economic organisation. Economic anthropology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD5701 Labour market. Labour supply. Labour demand Including unemployment, manpower policy, occupational training, employment agencies
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6951 Industrial sociology. Social conditions of labour
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology
Depositing User: Mei Trueba
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 11:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73275
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