SuSanA along with FSMA and the Sanitation Workers Initiative (WHO, WaterAid, SNV, WorldBank and ILO) organised a session at the Global WOPs Congress.
The session presented some of the efforts, studies, and initiatives carried out by different organizations to improve the health, safety and dignity of sanitation operators and workers. All speakers talked about existing challenges that sanitation workers, particularly in LMICs, are exposed to, including various safety and occupational hazards at work, which are often ignored or overlooked in legal, policy and technical frameworks. The session highlighted different occupational health and safety (OHS) instruments and best practices, such as the FSM world emptying challenge, awareness campaigns and the engagement of Self-Help Groups, all of which can positively change working practices along the sanitation chain. Speakers agreed that achieving SGDs requires legal recognition, protection, training, and adequate equipment for sanitation workers.