On the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work
DWRC organizes a digital workshop about safety and health during the Covid-19 pandemic
Ramallah, 28/04/2020 – The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center in Palestine organized on Tuesday a digital workshop about compliance with occupational health and safety standards and conditions at work in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has an impact on workers in various sectors.
The workshop was held on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which was marked this year under the global slogan “Stop the pandemic: safety and health at work can save lives”. It was attended by DWRC’s staff in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as female and male union representatives. Among them, the kindergarten, local authorities and Gaza electricity sector representatives discussed the situation in their sectors.
The workshop focused on how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic according to the specificities of each work sector, and general mechanisms for prevention. DWRC’s team in Gaza presented the campaign they have been implementing to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Due to the spread of Covid-19, the campaign’s goal is to raise awareness among workers and employers about prevention mechanisms on their way to work, during work, and when returning to their families. During field visits, DWRC’s staff provided workers with prevention equipment and safety guidelines at workplaces.
The workshop also focused on the situation of sanitary workers working for municipalities and hospitals, as they are among most marginalized and vulnerable categories of workers, which places them at risk of exposure to Covid-19.
Participants made a number of comments and recommendations during the workshop, calling for continuous monitoring of the implementation of prevention measures in workplaces, especially after the resumption of work in many sectors, either partially or fully. They stressed the importance of pursuing awareness raising efforts and submitting complaints to the Labor Ministry, if employers do not provide occupational safety and health requirements. Participants also highlighted the need to adopt an overall strategy to deal with occupational health and safety issues to guarantee a safe work environment to all workers.