Waste and Sanitation workers are exposed to different occupational hazards, including the risk of infection. Lack of sufficient and suitable safety gear and cleaning agents increases their risk of chronic diseases. A study reveals that 80% of waste and sanitation workers do not have any occupational health and safety training focusing on preventing infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
ITN-BUET and CWIS-FSM Support Cell, DPHE have targeted to train more than 5000 waste and sanitation workers in association with the sector partners. In this regard, ITN-BUET Master Trainers trained the city-level trainers of 14 cities through an online capacity building platform. After receiving the training, the cities launched field-level training for waste and sanitation workers. The target audience for the field-level training is road sweeper, drain cleaner, public/community toilet cleaner, solid waste collector from households and secondary transfer stations, medical waste collector, manual and mechanical pit-emptier. The participants were provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, and instructions to use these were part of the training package.