Occupational Safety of Sanitation Workers Demands Due Care and Attention

Sheikhupura:  Sanitation workers suffer poor working conditions and their services are generally taken for granted. Yet, without them, the sanitation services can’t function.

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) expressed concern over sanitation workers’ poor safety conditions that exposed them to the worst consequences of poor sanitation: devastating infections, injuries, social stigma, and even sometime death in their daily work. Sanitation Workers’ rights need to be recognized.

With a view to improve the working environment for sanitary workers, CPDI   organized a one-day training session on occupational safety procedures for sanitary workers for sanitation workers of Sheikhupura under GIZ’s Support to Local Governance Program (LoGo II).

This training session aimed at building the capacity of cadres of sanitary workers to work in a safe and effective manner. More than 25 Municipal sanitary workers of Municipal Committee Sheikhupura participated in training session. The training participants were equipped with knowledge on health and safety measures, and practical demonstration of the use of Personal Protective Equipment PPE kits. Ms. Rafat Yasmeen Malik, Provincial Coordinator CPDI emphasized the valuable able contribution of sanitary workers as a front-line soldier to keep the city clean and tidy.

Mr. Muhammad Ali, Superintendent Municipal Committee Sheikhupura acknowledged CPDI and GIZ for arranging this event for his team. He also advised his team member to participate in such sessions actively and further share this knowledge and learnings with other colleagues. Supervisory staff was also present in the training.

At the end of the training, the CPDI team distributed PPE Kits to sanitation workers.