Needs Assessment Study of Occupational and Health Hazards Faced by Desludging Workers in a City in India

Mamta Gautam, Kavita Wankhade, Mamta Mantri, Vishnupriya Narayan, Naveen G., Upender Verma, R. Selvam , Srinithi Sudhakar, Gayathri Sarangan | September 2019


Safe collection, handling and transport of fecal sludge is an integral part of septage management. Limited attention has been paid to the safe collection, transport, disposal and treatment of human excreta from septic tanks. A needs assessment study was conducted in one city in India with an aim to understand: current desludging practices, the underlying reasons for current occupational practices and hazards, relevance and sufficiency of personal protection equipment and to make recommendations for improvement of occupational safety standards. This report presents the findings of the study along with recommendations.