The right to safety and health of workers in floriculture industry: The case of floriculture industry in and around Batu/Ziway (Ethiopia)
Solomon Dessalegn Dibaba
Even though the emergency of floriculture industry is a recent phenomenon, it has brought many blessing to Ethiopia. It is a source of export earnings; it is a means of employment for many, especially for women; it is a cause for the expansion of infrastructure and other advantages. But there are critiques in relation with social and environmental shortcoming of the sector. It is blamed that many workers who are employed in this sector are working in poor working conditions. Due to the intensive utilization of chemicals, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers by this sector, workers exposed to occupational safety and health problems. This research examines safety and health condition of the floriculture workers in and around Batu/Ziway. Results of qualitative data gathered indicate that the safety and health of workers in the study area are at risk. This research indicate that the elements of safety and health, like the provision of personal protective equipment’s, the availability of regular medical checkups by the employers to employees, the provision of training on occupational safety and health were not provided as required by law. There are also some weaknesses from the government on implementing those laws made to protect and promote safety and health of workers. There is a problem of budget, motivation, authority and lack of coordination or networking among the stakeholders. After identifying the existing problems on safety and health in the study area, this research has given a substantial recommendation to relieve existing problems.
Solomon Dessalegn Dibaba. The right to safety and health of workers in floriculture industry: The case of floriculture industry in and around Batu/Ziway (Ethiopia). International Journal of Law, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2020, Pages 188-198