Ramallah – Through a project for “Promoting Workers’ Rights to Occupational Health and Safety”, the Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center has undertaken two training courses for training trainers (TOT) in the field of occupational safety and health. One of the courses was held in Ramallah at the end of August 2019. The course was attended by 16 participants, including 3 women, nominated by unions in various sectors and workplaces, such as kindergartens, postal services, local authorities, PRCS, the Islamic Charitable Society, Al-Ihsan Charitable Society, Jawwal Cellular Communications Company, Hadara Information Technology Company, nursing and South Electricity Company, as well as a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture in the Jerusalem governorate.
Through the course, participants enhanced their knowledge about the concepts of education and training, and training methods. They were able to develop their communication, training and group building skills. They became able to prepare training materials and provide training sessions on various topics related to occupational safety and health, thus allowing them spread knowledge on occupational safety and health among workers and unionists.
DWRC office in Gaza had also implemented a TOT course in occupational safety and health in March. The 31 course participants, 6 of them women, included hospitality department heads at the Ministry of Health, occupational safety and health representatives from the coastal water authority, representatives of the occupational safety department of the Ministry of Labor, representatives of the sanitation and waste water management departments in municipalities, representatives of labor unions, lawyers, representatives of the food industry sector, the Tourism and Restaurants Authority and the private sector, as well as petrochemical sector workers. After completing the TOT course, new trainers started implementing training days on occupational safety and health in their workplaces or sectors they are responsible for or targeting in the Gaza Strip. Their counterparts in the West Bank will do so in the coming weeks.