Work Improvement for Safe Home (WISH): Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions of home workers

The WISH action manual is designed to provide home workers with practical, easy-to-implement ideas to improve their safety, health and working conditions. These improvements will also contribute to higher productivity and efficiency of their work and promote active participation and cooperation of home workers in the same workplace or in the same community.

Instructional material | 01 January 2006
The manual reflects the practical experiences in the home worker training in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Thailand carried out within the framework of the ILO’s Informal Economy, Poverty and Employment Project with the financial support from the Government of the United Kingdom. The participating home workers have implemented many low-cost improvements for safety, health and productivity by using available local resources.

Improving safety, health and work conditions among home workers in the informal economy is an important component of the ILO agenda to extend decent work to all workers. In many countries, people get their job and income opportunities from a range of home manufacturing operation such as clothes, shoes, furniture, handcrafts, or foods. Although machines, chemicals and other production materials are brought into home workplaces, home workers have very little access to safety and health protection. Practical safety and health improvement measures that can work in the real situation of home workers are acutely needed.