Category: Health and Safety

Welding, Gases and Fumes

Once I set myself to restore and refinish a mahogany (I think) door. I pulled it out of its hinges and placed it in a well ventilated outdoor area. I used one of those chemical paint removers, and, after a couple of hours, I had a nice shiny door ready for refinishing … and a terrible headache. What I …

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Colours, Shapes and Signs in OHS – June 2013

Wycliffe Matthews, member of the Jamaican BITU, old hand at occupational health and safety matters and also a good friend, always talks about how important is for the island’s sugar factories to use signs and colours when aiming for more effective OHS systems. It’s much easier, he used to tell me, especially when you have …

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Cane Cutting – Repetitive Strain Injury – May 2013

 

Once I read on a Brazilian study that a cane cutter needs to do some 9,000 strikes with the machete (cane knife) to cut about 10 tonnes of cane.[1] In the video that accompanies this comment, the woman cane cutter strikes the cane 11 times in about 20 seconds, including those to …

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South Africa: Women Cane Cutters and ibomvu as a sunscreen

It’s not common to find women as cane cutters. It is more common to find them in somewhat ‘invisible’ jobs, which are the result, on one hand, of being deemed low-skilled (and effectively low-paid) occupations, usually confined to field operations like planting, weeding and cleaning fields, and, on the other, that are jobs first to …

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Breakfast in the Cane Fields – Feb. 2013

We arrived at the cane fields at about 9:00 in the morning. The crew of cane cutters, some 25 of them, were having a break and something to eat.

As their work-day starts very early in the morning, to avoid the sun and heat in the cane fields, field workers usually have a break at …

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Occupational Health and Safety in the Sugar Industry of Kenya – A Special Publication of the IUF Global Sugar Program.

This Special Publication presents information on the activities on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the sugar industry in Kenya, developed by the IUF Global Sugar Program and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) in the context of the IUF Sugar Project in East and Southern Africa running from October 2007 to September …

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Kenya: Workshop on Occupation Health and Safety Standards in the Sugar Industry of Kenya

Thirty-three delegates representing ten branches of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) gathered from 29 -31 August at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu to discuss KUSPW policy on Occupational Health and Safety Standards in the sugar sector, and to outline an action plan for the joint work of the IUF Global …

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Benin: IUF visits sugar affiliate SYNTRASA in SUCOBE

On 21 March this year, the IUF-Benin visited the sugar factory run by the Chinese company Complant in Benin (SUCOBE), located in the department of Save des Collines in Central Benin, and met with the Union of Sugar and Alcohol Workers (SYNTRASA). Their objectives were to observe conditions and the environment of work, to discuss …

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Bénin: L’UITA visite son affiliée SYNTRASA de la SUCOBE

Le 21 Mars, l’UITA-Bénin a visité l’usine de sucre dirigée par la société chinoise Complant au Bénin (SUCOBE), située à Savè dans le département des Collines au centre du Bénin, et a rencontré le Syndicat des Travailleurs du Sucre et de l’Alcool (SYNTRASA). Leurs objectifs étaient d’observer les conditions et l’environnement de travail, discuter avec …

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Kenya: KUSPW develops Training Workshops in coordination with Nzoia Sugar

From 30 July-3 Aug. 2012 the IUF-affiliated union, KUSPW, in coordination with Nzoia Sugar Company organized a five-day “train the trainers” workshop  for leaders of the so-called Study Circles, an Advanced Course on Conflict Prevention Programme. A total of 16 worker representatives, which included four women, in addition to two management staff participated in the …

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