Category Archive: Health and Safety

Peru: School kids intoxicated by aerial spraying on insecticide at San Jacinto

Close to one hundred children at the Institución Educativa San José in the Nepeña valley (Ancash region) suffered severe intoxication when the Agroindustrias San Jacinto ordered on 17 May the aerial spraying of insecticides in a sugarcane field next to the school. Students suffered head and stomach aches, throat burning sensation and body tremors. Three …

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Working in the boilers section of a sugar factory in Kenya

Video and information by Miriam Wanyama, KUSPAW

After hearing some workers’ complains, I visited the boilers and power house sections of the sugar estate in Kenya where I work. This video is of one boiler attendant.

The boilers, where heat is generated to produce steam, are old fashioned, and workers have to manually …

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OSH and the use of hard helmets in factories. An example from Fiji

A personal protective equipment (PPE) par excellence is a hard helmet in a factory because of the building configuration and the fact that it is very common to have equipment and machinery as well as other employees working above you.

In a recent visit to a sugar factory, there was a moment when the visiting …

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Fiji: Behind the deterioration of OSH conditions in sugar

After the incidents at the Rarawai sugar mill, as reported in “Fiji: Death and Burnings at FSC Rarawai mill – in less than a week,” the IUF Sugar got in contact with Felix Anthony, general secretary of the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU), to ask about the workers’ safety situation in the sugar …

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IUF Sugar resumes work in India: Focus on OSH and Sustainability

“Sustainable Sugar and Sustainable Jobs” was the topic of a workshop organised by IUF India on August 2 & 3 in Pune, located in India’s largest sugar producing state of Maharashtra. The IUF Sugar Coordinator attended as the sugar work is resumed in the world’s second largest sugar producer.

The workshop highlighted two issues: a …

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Fiji: Death and Burnings at FSC Rarawai mill – in less than a week

By the second week of August, the Fijian police and the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations are investigating the death of a sugar worker at the Rarawai Sugar Mill, owned by the government-owned Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC). The investigation follows a case filed by the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU) to …

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Kenya: Impact of the IUF Sugar work on the OSH conditions in the sugar subsector

Under the IUF Sugar project in Kenya and South Africa, the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers Union (KUSPAW) further developed an in-depth work on Occupational Safety and Health conditions in the country’s sugar subsector.

As the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) of South Africa organised their first-ever Sugar Conference and was also a …

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Kenya: IUF Global Sugar Program successfully ends two-year project with KUSPAW

On 20-22 August a workshop held by the IUF Global Sugar Program successfully finalise a two-year project on Occupational Safety and Health with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (KUSPAW), which focused on the policy and political aspects of safety and health, moving the union towards a meaningful engagement with management on …

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Kenya: OSH Workshop by KUSPAW West Kenya (Kabras) Branch

The Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers (KUSPAW) through its national office and the Kabras Branch in coordination with the management of the West Kenya Sugar Company held a workshop to look at constituting the company’s Joint Safety Committee, writes Norbert Oloo, KUSPAW education officer. The workshop is a result of the ongoing …

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Pakistan: Sindh Sugar Workers Federation on the Chashma tragedy

On 27 May, the Sindh Sugar Mills Workers Federation issued an statement on the tragedy that saw ten people died at the Chashma sugar mills in DI Khan. The statement reiterates, from the workers’ viewpoint, two major faults in the sugar sector of Pakistan.

First is the environmental issue. The Federation says: “The discharging of …

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