Occupational Health & Safety in the Informal Economy

WIEGO undertook a research project focused on occupational health and safety (OHS) for informal workers from 2009-14. Coordinated through WIEGO’s Social Protection Programme, the OHS project operated in five countries (Brazil, Ghana, India, Peru and Tanzania).

Waste Pickers in Pune, India Finally Get Safety Equipment

Informal waste pickers in Pune, India finally succeeded in winning the safety equipment that protects them while at work in 2015. Equipment has been provided by the municipality that depends on their waste collection services. Read more.

 Understanding Health Service Provision from the Perspective of Informal Workers

What is it like to be an informal worker in need of health services? What barriers to informal workers face in accessing these services? What would help to bring down these barriers? Read first hand accounts from India, Thailand and South Africa in the stories of Ushaben, Xolisile, Koon, Kanchana and Subhadraben.

WIEGO's Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) for Informal Workers Project has been working in five countries: BrazilGhanaIndiaPeruSouth Africa and Tanzania. We work, where possible, through WIEGO affiliates of informal workers, with street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers, and others.

Cart for Informal WorkerLearn about our project objectives.

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OHS Newsletter: Read our collection of OHS newsletters produced between 2010 and 2014. We have now integrated the OHS Newsletter into the WIEGO e-newsletter.

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Accra's Street Vendors Collaborate to Create a Safer, Healthier Workplace. Our work up on the Cities Alliance blog.



The Occupational Health of Waste Pickers in Pune: KKPKP and SWaCH Members Push for Health Rights

OHS of Waste Pickers in Pune

March 2014

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Read about our work on the Phephanathi Project, in Durban South Africa where we recently facilitated a participatory fire hazard mapping session with out partners Asiye eTafuleni. Find the full story and pictures here.