Project: Occupational Safety and Health Survey in the Sanitary and Cleaning Industry

Published

This project was submitted on 06/02/2014, published on 01/01/2004

The Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC) conducted from July to September 2003 a survey on the occupational safety and health conditions of sanitary workers. The survey aims at collecting the personal and occupational information of these workers so as to study their working behaviour and acquire a basic understanding of the industry; exploring the working environment and conditions of the industry in order to study the safety and health issues of the workers; assessing the workers’ awareness of and attitude towards the occupational safety and health issues; and putting forward suggestions that may raise the industry’s occupational safety and health standard.
After interviewing 436 frontline sanitary workers, we conducted a preliminary analysis on the industry’s occupational safety and health conditions based on the information obtained.
As in the sanitary and cleaning industry worldwide, most of the local workers in the industry are females who are on average older than those employed in other trades. Three-fourths of the interviewees are aged over 41 or above. Regarding their schooling, the majority (62.7%) are primary educated or lower. Regarding their schooling, the majority (62.7) are primary educated or lower. Some of them have no formal education at all. About 20% of the interviewees are smokers while approximately 10% are drinkers. The cleaning companies consisting of 20 members or below. The interviewees usually work in residential buildings, shopping malls, offices, streets, factories, hospitals, public toilets, refuse collection point, schools and so on. Over 90% polled are full time staff, and approximately 35% have 6 years’ relevant work experience or more...

Human factors & behavioural safety, Occupational health & wellbeing, Risk management
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Organisation: Occupational Safety and Health Council

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