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Title: A participatory model for improving occupational health and safety: Improving informal sector working conditions in Thailand
Authors: Aniruth Manothum
Jittra Rukijkanpanich
Damrong Thawesaengskulthai
Boonwa Thampitakkul
Chalermchai Chaikittiporn
Sara Arphorn
Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2009
Citation: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Vol.15, No.3 (2009), 305-314
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management Model for informal sector workers in Thailand. The studied model was characterized by participatory approaches to preliminary assessment, observation of informal business practices, group discussion and participation, and the use of environmental measurements and samples. This model consisted of four processes: capacity building, risk analysis, problem solving, and monitoring and control. The participants consisted of four local labor groups from different regions, including wood carving, hand-weaving, artificial flower making, and batik processing workers. The results demonstrated that, as a result of applying the model, the working conditions of the informal sector workers had improved to meet necessary standards. This model encouraged the use of local networks, which led to cooperation within the groups to create appropriate technologies to solve their problems. The authors suggest that this model could effectively be applied elsewhere to improve informal sector working conditions on a broader scale.
ISSN: 10773525
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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