OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

This booklet is result of a research conducted by the Women’s Centre in the health problems of women workers who have to work in a standing posture for long periods at apparel factories.
Women make up a visit fraction of more-than-350,000 strong apparel workers, who contribute greatly to this country’s economic development. Low wages, overwork, compulsory overtime hours, lack of rest, sexual harassment and molestation, and inability to bargain for rights are challenges they face on a routine basis. Even among this group, the ones most effected are helpers and women workers serving in smooth-ironing and Quality Control divisions, who have had to work continuously while standing in factories. Although certain institutions and various organizations have conducted research in occupational health and safety, few surveys have been conducted so far on health problem faced by women apparel workers who work standing. The Women’s Centre of Sri Lanka, who focused on this specific problem, conducted the survey with a view to enlightening these women workers on the health and safety hazard awaiting them and drawing the attention of the government and other responsible persons to the issue.

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