Livelihood Assessment and Occupational Health Hazard of the Ship-Breaking Industry Workers at Chattogram, Bangladesh

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Ahamad , A F , Schneider , P , Khanum , R , Mozumder , M M H , Mitu , S J & Shamsuzzaman , M M 2021 , ' Livelihood Assessment and Occupational Health Hazard of the Ship-Breaking Industry Workers at Chattogram, Bangladesh ' , Journal of marine science and engineering , vol. 9 , no. 7 , 718 . https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9070718

Title: Livelihood Assessment and Occupational Health Hazard of the Ship-Breaking Industry Workers at Chattogram, Bangladesh
Author: Ahamad, Abu Faisal; Schneider, Petra; Khanum, Romaza; Mozumder, Mohammad Mojibul Hoque; Mitu, Sabrina Jannat; Shamsuzzaman, Md. Mostafa
Contributor organization: Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Date: 2021-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Journal of marine science and engineering
ISSN: 2077-1312
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9070718
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333227
Abstract: The ship-breaking industry has become a promising sector in Bangladesh by contributing to the country's primary steel demand as raw material for re-rolling mills, providing livelihood opportunities for the poor. This paper investigates the livelihood index and health hazards of workers engaged in ship-breaking activities at the Bhatiari coast of Chattogram, Bangladesh. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected through participatory rural assessment (PRA) tools that included 128 individual interviews (II), ten focus group discussions (FGDs), and 15 key informant interviews (KIIs). The workers' livelihoods revealed that workers lack basic facilities and are exposed to occupational health hazards due to working in a risky environment. Workers of different origins claimed to have 1 to 6 years of work experience and worked 11 to 12 h a day. More than 60% of workers reported being injured or suffering from various physical problems such as blurred vision, abdominal pain, and skin problems. Labor-intensive and unstable occupations, limited access to medical services, poor housing and sanitation, and lack of basic safety requirements increase workers' plight. Therefore, the study offers advanced protective equipment, better medical facilities, and a safe workplace to improve the workers' livelihoods.
Subject: livelihood index
ship breaking
occupational health hazards in coastal areas
RECYCLING INDUSTRY
SHIPBREAKING
1172 Environmental sciences
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
218 Environmental engineering
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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