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Title: Assessment of occupational health and safety among scavengers in Gaza Strip, Palestine
Authors: Al-Khatib, Issam A. 
Al-Sari, Majed I. 
Kontogianni, Stamatia 
Keywords: Sanitation workers - Gaza strip - Palestine;Sanitation - Safety measures - Gaza strip - Palestine;Recyclable waste collectors - Health and hygiene - Gaza strip - Palestine;Sanitation workers - Occupational health - Gaza strip - Palestine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Abstract: This study deals with the occupational health and safety of valuable and recyclable waste collectors (called scavengers) in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The analytical descriptive approach was used in this study to achieve this goal. Waste pickers in the study area are working informally at existing dumpsites, solid waste transfer stations, landfills, and community streets’ bins areas. A sample of 301 scavengers was surveyed filling a structured questionnaire designed for this purpose, during individual interviews. In addition, interviews with key Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip have been conducted to provide accurate data and comprehensive information regarding waste pickers activities. +e results showed that the occupational health and safety of the waste pickers is in constant deterioration mainly due to the informal nature of their work. +e waste pickers are reportedly suffering in the current situation and the majority has no access to potable water, sanitation, and hygienically appropriate place to sleep and have meals. None of them has ever received occupational health and safety training. +e study recommends that local decision makers should uptake short-term and long-term measures in waste management sector both aiming at improving this vulnerable social group’s health and safety life status.
DOI: 10.1155/2020/3780431
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