Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that work hours, which tend to increase due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, can have fatal consequences.
Noting that working 55 hours or more a week negatively affects human health, the WHO Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health called for action to protect the rights of employees.
A WHO study conducted in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) found that 745,000 employees died in 2016 due to long working hours, as well as heart attacks and strokes.
According to the study published in Environment International, 72% of the people most affected were men of middle age and above.
The deaths were found to have occurred not at the time of work but in the following years.
The study, which presented a global report for the first time, found that long working hours most affected people in China, Japan, and Australia, which are located in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region.
According to data from 194 countries, working 55 hours or more per week increased the risk of stroke by 35% and the risk of heart disease-related death by 17% compared to 30-40 hours of work per week.
The study covers the years 2000-2016 and does not cover the Covid-19 pandemic period.
WHO officials say that due to the pandemic, economic activity has stopped in many countries and the method of remote working has increased the likelihood of overwork.