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Occupational health and Industrial Hygene

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Sudabeh Sarker

on 5 January 2014

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Transcript of Occupational health and Industrial Hygene

Occupational health and Industrial Hygiene
Health Risks
• Fatigue
Chinese factory shift- 7:45 AM to 10:55 PM
High quota
Microsoft workers frantically work to make 2,000 mice per shift
98 reported overtime hours per month
Reported that fourteen workers would share one tiny room to sleep in
Health Risks
• Burns
Combustible dirt
• Death
If an emergency were to occur, workers in developing countries have no escape.
• Lung cancer from factory smog
• Broken appendages
Fast conveyor belts

By Sudabeh Sarker and Victor Montano
Health Risks
• Sexual Assault
• Dehydration
Short breaks
Limited water is very dirty causing illnesses
• Chemicals cause damage to the nervous system
• Stress
Long hours
No freedom of movement
8/10 American report job related stress

Protecting Ourselves
Following orders
Wear protective clothing (masks are important)
Report any malfunctioning machinery
Always remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry
Wash your hands and everything around you
Do not smoke
Report any misconduct

Protecting Society
Protest
Strike
800 factories closed in Indonesia from strike
Join labor unions
Spread Awareness
Avoid buying from companies that mistreat their workers
Kids at Risk
The majority of factory workers hired in Bangladesh are teenagers
Teenagers are taken advantage of and overworked and under paid
Apple admits to using child labor
A report found at least 11 under age children were working at factories, many of them in China, which produce Apple components in the last year
Even young children are beaten for striking in developing countries
Interesting Facts
Workers in China can be fined up to $29.26 for missing a day
Usually paid only 112USD a month
Conditions are so bad, Chinese workers are forced to sign anti-suicide pledge & nets are placed around tall buildings to prevent workers from committing suicide.
Due to huge demand for first iPad, many workers were pressured to take only one day off per two weeks
Badly performing workers are humiliated in front of others.
Four million workers die annually
1.7 Million people in the US get infected from hospital germs

Stories
Children beaten by Bangladesh police for striking
Police use bamboo, water cannons, and tear gas to get workers back in the factory
Children under 14 are banned by law from working but many small children can be seen striking too
India's "Summagali Girls"
Aruna, 19, is now a nurse but after her gov-subsidized schooling ended she ended up in a factory
She worked from 8 to 10 with 1,000 other girls
She saw other girls faint from standing too long
She has a scar from when a machine cut her
Some girls would get their hair caught in the machine
"deaths were not unusual"
Cont...
"When one girl was injured by a machine belt that snapped and hit her eye, the company forced her to pay a quarter of her monthly salary for treatment."
Factories sent thugs after reporters who published about them.
"Supervisors gave gloves occasionally"
Boils were on one girls skin from the chemicals
"We are like prisoners... We do not have a life. Only work."
-Teenaged Microsoft Worker
Workers wear little protective gear in crowded workplaces
Child on strike. Police clash with protesters
Workers often get sick due to long term exposure to led paint
What Is It?
Occupational health refers to the identification and control of the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.
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