Health and safety aspects of textile workers from Solapur (India) textile industries

  • Rahul B Hiremath 1Subir Chowdhury Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom and Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development, Symbiosis International University, India
  • Ruth Kattumuri Co-Direcor, Asia Research Centre and India Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
  • Bimlesh Kumar Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India
  • Gurudevi R Hiremath Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, VVP Institute of Engineering and Technology, Solapur, India

Abstract

Introduction: Textile sector in India plays an important role in the country's economy, providing employment to a significant population in rural and urban areas. Objectives: This paper focuses on health and safety aspects of textile workers in Solapur City (one of the key textile cluster) in the state of Maharashtra, India. Methodology: A sample of 180 workers from the identified textile industries of Solapur city were assessed for their general physique, muscle tone, lung condition, and eyesight using different techniques. The study aimed at developing a framework for understanding risks to textile workers resulting from lack of health and safety standards in companies. Results: Findings showed that most of the workers have been affected by respiratory problems, increase in muscle tone, eye problems and musculoskeletal problem. It has been also observed that job security or regular work impacts positively to the worker’s long term body health. However, there is an immediate need to adopt and implement measures in accordance with Indian Factories Act (OHSAS 18001/ILO-OSH 2001) which includes directions and procedures in respect of industrial installations, work environment and occupational health and safety guidelines.

Author Biographies

Rahul B Hiremath, 1Subir Chowdhury Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom and Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development, Symbiosis International University, India
Subir Chowdhury Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom and Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development, Symbiosis International University, India
Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Direcor, Asia Research Centre and India Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Co-Direcor, Asia Research Centre and India Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Bimlesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

Gurudevi R Hiremath, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, VVP Institute of Engineering and Technology, Solapur, India
Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, VVP Institute of Engineering and Technology, Solapur, India
Published
2014-12-15
How to Cite
HIREMATH, Rahul B et al. Health and safety aspects of textile workers from Solapur (India) textile industries. Indian Journal of Community Health, [S.l.], v. 26, n. 4, p. 364-369, dec. 2014. ISSN 2248-9509. Available at: <http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/625>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2017.
Section
Original Article

Keywords

Textile; health and safety; Policies; Solapur