The link between health and access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is well documented. Since workplaces represent a major focus in the life of workers and employers, access to WASH in workplaces can contribute greatly to both occupational and general health. In an effort to advance towards both Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 6, to ensure universal access to water and sanitation, and number 8, to ensure decent work and sustainable economic growth, it is crucial to propose effective solutions that improve working conditions, increase productivity and reach the most vulnerable communities. Actions towards these ambitious objectives require coordinated efforts by governments, workers and employers, at multiple levels.

Learn more about “Wastewater and faecal sludge management” in section 2.2 of the International Labour Organizations (ILO) toolkit WASH@Work a self-training handbook.

The handbook is a combined training and action tool designed to inform governments, employers, and workers on the needs for WASH at the workplace.

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