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BBC news told us in March 2017 about «Sexual harassment and violence at work on flower farms”

Kenyan flower pickers experience a major problem with sexual harassment. Flower farms are increasing in number, mainly in East Africa. Many young women work in flower farms, with a low salary. It is heartbreaking to read about their struggle to be treated with respect.

Profile picture of lead educator Bente E. Moen © University of Bergen Bente Elisabeth Moen: -My wish is that this MOOC can be an inspiration for all students to work for good psychosocial working conditions. No one should be afraid at their work place.

IndustriALL Union reported from Pakistan 10. Jan 2017 “Five workers burn to death at Gadani shipbreaking yard” Five workers burn to death at Gadani shipbreaking yard Shipbreaking yards located at Asian beaches are among the most dangerous workplaces in the world. They employ thousands of unregistered workers who work and live under extreme conditions.

Profile picture of educator Magne Bråtveit © University of Bergen Magne Bråtveit: -Our course has focused on occupational exposures in traditional industries in developing countries. This knowledge will make you prepared to look out for occupational risks in newer sectors like the recycling industry.

Bangladeshi news agency and newspaper reports 15. march 2017 about a building company “Toma Construction takes no safety measures after death in flyover girder fall”

The article describes a large construction site in Bangladesh, the site is a horrific example of how little focus safety can have at some places. Despite regulations from the authorities, none of these are followed, as the article displays there are no safety gear, safety line and so on. There are also no restrictions on admittance to the site. There have been many accidents, both severe and fatal, but still work is carried on without measures.

Profile picture of educator Ole Jacob Møllerløkken. © University of Bergen Ole Jacob Møllerløkken -I hope that you in this course have learned about the physical factors that may be encountered at workplaces and how it is possible to achieve a safe workplace in spite of different risk factors for health.

AlJazeera reports 27 Jun 2016; “El Salvador’s sugarcane workers and their silent killer”

A mysterious epidemic has been killing thousands of young sugarcane workers and devastating the country’s most impoverished communities. The epidemic is responsible for more deaths inside the sugarcane-producing community than leukaemia, diabetes and Aids combined.

Profile picture of educator Gro Tjalvin © University of Bergen Gro Tjalvin: - Health personnel should be educated to recognize work-related diseases, and be able to suggest preventive measures. This is where I hope this course will make a major contribution. Because, - no one should be harmed at work!

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