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Document ID (ISN)101900
CIS number 03-714
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Estrella-Gust D.P.
Title The children in footwear making in Biņan, Laguna (booklet); Hope for the children of Biņan: A community wakes up to protect the younger generation (video recording)
Bibliographic information Occupational Safety And Health Center, North Ave. cor. Agham Road Diliman, 1104 Quezon City, Philippines, [c2002]. 13p. + video recording (VHS format).
Abstract The purpose of this study was to determine the health status of child workers in Biņan, located in a region of the Philippines having many small footwear manufacturing enterprises, as well as to document and record their working conditions and the hazards to which they are exposed. It is a contribution to the implementation of ILO Convention 182 on the elimination of the worst forms of child labor. Teams from the Occupational Safety and Health Center visited 14 pre-selected workplaces in the area, and a medical team interviewed and examined 93 working children. A variety of health hazards were observed. On physical examination, 30% of children examined were found to have enlarged lymph nodes, usually indicating ongoing bacterial or viral infections of the upper respiratory tract. The research team recommended that the owners and managers of these enterprises be given instruction on basic occupational safety and health. Training modules were developed, based on the research findings.
Descriptors (primary) informal sector; small enterprises; children; Philippines; shoe industry; conditions of work; health hazards; child labour; state of health
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; ILO; job study; safety and health training; international agreements; videotape; medical examinations
Document type V - Audiovisual material
Country / State or ProvincePhilippines
Subject(s) Leather, fur and footwear
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Footwear, leather and fur industry
Child labour