Occupational Health and Safety


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

OHS has traditionally focused on workers whose place of work is in a factory or office. Yet in urban areas throughout the world, the majority of workers work on the streets, in their own homes, on garbage dumps, and at landfills.


Beyond the Formal Workplace

Occupational Health and Safety should apply beyond the formal workplace to wherever people actually earn their income. It should also be applied in the broader context of workers and families who live and work in very poor conditions.

WIEGO is exploring how:

  • OHS can better meet the needs of workers in informal employment
  • governments can support safer, healthier workplaces for all
  • those who profit from the labour of informal workers can help improve informal workplaces
  • we can collect better data on informal workers’ health status


Achieving Better OHS: Examples

Read how planners, policymakers, and informal workers can work together to achieve better OHS:

  • In Accra, where street vendors have learned ways to improve OHS in their workplaces and have established dialogue with local officials to improve health and safety over the long term.
  • In Durban, where WIEGO, AeT, and trader organizations in Warwick Junction are creating a more secure and healthy Warwick Junction for traders, customers and people passing through, and the officials who manage it.
  • In Pune, where waste pickers handle door-to-door collection services for the city.

Watch leading experts discuss workable models for and successful projects in OHS action for urban informal workers:

Learn more about WIEGO’s overall OHS project.