Children Working In Hazardous Factories

Editorials News | Sep-10-2021

Children Working In Hazardous Factories

Work in hazardous or unhealthy settings that might result in a child being killed, wounded, or sickened as a result of low safety and health standards and working arrangements are known as hazardous child labor. It can lead to long-term disability, illness, and psychological harm. Often, health issues induced by child work do not manifest themselves until the child is an adult.

Hazardous child labor is the most common kind of child labor, with an estimated 73 million children aged 5 to 17 working in hazardous circumstances in a variety of industries such as agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, as well as hotels, bars, restaurants, marketplaces, and domestic service. It may be found in both developed and underdeveloped nations. Girls and boys typically begin doing dangerous work at a young age. Every year, the ILO estimates that 22,000 children are killed at work throughout the world. The number of people who have been harmed or become unwell as a result of their employment is unknown.

Children are more exposed to occupational risks than adults because their bodies and minds are still growing, and the effects of hazardous employment are typically more severe and long-lasting for them.

When it comes to child labor, it's critical to think beyond the notions of work hazard and risk1 as they apply to adult employees and broaden them to incorporate the developmental elements of childhood. Because children are still developing, they have unique traits and demands, and their impact on physical, cognitive (thought/learning), behavioral, and emotional development must be considered when assessing occupational hazards and risks.

By: Samaira Sachdeva
Delhi Public School, Gautam Buddh Nagar

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