Feasibility of Solutions to Improve Occupational Safety of Desludging Workers

Mamta Gautam, Mamta Mantri, Kavita Wankhade, Srinithi Sudhakar  | 2021


A study was conducted to identify feasibility of measures to address three key safety concerns that emerged from an earlier study: physical injury, exposure to harmful gases, lack of oxygen, contact with fecal sludge and other medical emergencies. These measures followed the safety pyramid, and include preventative, mitigative and protective measures, ensuring access to appropriate tools, PPE based on field testing, modifications to existing PPE, tools to ensure better functionality and developing safety protocols besides communication with citizens and workers. Trainings to regularise usage of recommended PPE, tools, protocols and handle emergencies through customised first aid kits are planned.