A handbook meant to teach and implement practical actions in rural and agricultural settings to help reduce work-related accidents and illness, improve living conditions and increase productivity. In the book, basic ergonomic principles are applied to achieve typical practical improvements in agricultural and rural settings, particularly in developing countries. The book covers on the following areas: storage and handling of materials, workstations and tools, machine safety, agricultural vehicles, physical environment, control of hazardous chemicals, environmental protection, welfare facilities, family and community cooperation, and work organization and working schedules.
Besides, suggestions are given how to use the manual in practice in a participatory way. Examples of ready-to-use course schedules and checklists are given.
The manual is primarily meant to be used by a trainer / teacher in setting up participatory action-oriented training sessions in rural communities. An extensive description how to effectively use the manual is provided, including tips for preparation and follow-up activities.
The material has clear resemblance with the ILO-WIND program. See some other material on this website or see the Comments block below for direct links.
Original Authors: Many. Final editors were Shengli Niu and Kazutaka Kogi.
Original affiliation, ownership: Occupational Health Cluster, International Labour Office (ILO), and International Ergonomics Association (IEA). International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland.
Year of publication:
Charge for use or free: Free of charge
- OSH experts; or in training
- community health workers; teachers
Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals: More or less useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training
Time demand to complete the lesson or course: one to four days
See also the handbook Work Improvement and Neighbourhood Development and the video “Wind of Change” that are made available by the ILO.
Direct link to WIND-handbook: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---asia/---ro-bangkok/documents/publication/wcms_099075.pdf
Direct link to video Wind of Change: http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/multimedia/video/institutional-videos/WCMS_122070/lang--en/index.htm
Intellectual property and copyright:
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The document is under copyright of the International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland. Nevertheless, short excerpts from it may be reproduced without authorization, on condition that the source is indicated.
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