Informing policy change

La Isla Network is a hub connecting experts across fields related to CKDu. Governments and companies seeking to respond to the CKDu crisis turn to our evidence-based policy recommendations.

2015 Costa Rica Accord

In 2013 and 2014, La Isla Network and research colleagues from the Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET) and the Program on Work and Health in Central America (SALTRA) advocated for an evidence-based government response to the CKDu epidemic, meeting in person with the Costa Rican ministry of labor, social security representatives, and Occupational Health Board (CSO) to provide input on a three-year study by the CSO. The Costa Rican president ultimately ordered regulations in 2015 to protect workers from heat stress and dehydration with the specific aim of preventing CKDu. (Read more.)

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Information sharing with OSHA representatives informed our water, rest and shade improvements through the WE Program in El Salvador. La Isla Network is investigating the impact of exposures to toxins on workers at risk of CKDu in concert with CDC-NIOSH and academic institutions.

The U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor (DoL-ILAB)

The DoL-ILAB is currently assessing future activities concerning CKDu prevention in the region.

La Isla Network is consulting with Latin American sugar producers to implement strategies for harm reduction among their workers confronting heat stress.

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