Decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia
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World Toilet Day 2021

Decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia

The International Labour Organization (ILO) convened a three-day virtual workshop in October 2021 on decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia. 

Sanitation workers include those who empty septic pits and tanks, provide transportation of faecal sludge, perform sewer maintenance, and work in treatment plants. For operatives in these roles, occupational health and safety standards can be very poor.

The background note to the workshop, Challenges and Policies to Address the Persisting Problems of Sanitation Workers in South Asia, is now available. The publication discusses the situation of sanitation workers in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) through a decent work lens. 

The note also includes a summary of relevant ILO instruments that can provide a basis to address main challenges to decent work for sanitation workers.