Workers' Guide to Health and Safety

TitleWorkers' Guide to Health and Safety
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsJailer, Todd, Lara-Meloy, Miriam, and Robbins, Maggie
PublisherHesperian Foundation
CityBerkeley, CA
Keywordselectronics factories, factory workers, garment factories, garment workers, health and safety, occupational safety and health, Rana Plaza, shoe factories, workplace, workplace disasters, workplace hazards
Abstract

Workplace disasters, from the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi to the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar remind us that our clothes, shoes, and electronics might be cheap for us but come at much too high a price to those who manufacture them. The Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety puts occupational safety and health information into a form that can be used by those most affected by workplace hazards—the workers themselves. From low wages to sexual harassment, from ergonomics to fire safety, from chemical exposure at work to pollution outside the plant, this book draws on the experiences of factory workers and their communities around the world to provide actionable tools to help organize for short- and long-term improvements. Developed in collaboration with factory workers and their advocates, workers, educators, and organizers will find a wealth of practical and sustainable information in this one-of-a-kind resource.