ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Occupational Hazards in Healthcare Settings

This paper highlights the working conditions in two work chains in the public healthcare system: municipal solid-waste management and handling of hospital waste and dead bodies. While COVID-19 has exposed the hazards that workers in these sectors are exposed to, it also lays bare the historical and social hierarchies, the exploitative working conditions and intrinsic discrimination within the public healthcare system.

Building Regulations Must Ensure Safety and Public Health For All

The Ministry of Urban Development released the “Model Building Byelaws” in 2016 to maximise public health and safety by regulating construction work and maintenance. However, these laws can have the opposite impact and push low-income residents into further precariousness. This is because multiple barriers prevent low-income people from complying with laws, such as the lack of information about regulation, shortage of formally trained masons, expensive compliant construction material, blanket application of laws and punitive measures.
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