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Document ID (ISN)78530
CIS number 02-617
ISSN - Serial title 1237-0843 - Asian-Pacific Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Phoon W.O.
Title Impact of globalization on small enterprises and the informal sector
Bibliographic information Nov. 2001, Vol.8, No.3, p.64-65. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Generally, the term "small enterprise" refers to one with 50 or fewer workers. The concept of "informal sector" is understood to imply the use of labour-intensive working methods, with most of the workforce being self-employed. The informal sector accounts for 30% to 60% of the GNP in many less-developed countries. In common with workers of small enterprises, those in the informal sector usually have no access to the protection provided by social security systems or occupational safety and health services. This article reviews some of the adverse effects of the rapid industrialization of developing countries, which include health effects from handling dangerous chemicals without precautions, social effects, technology transfer without proper safeguards and economic volatility.
Descriptors (primary) informal sector; developing countries; industrial organization; small enterprises
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous substances; transfer of technology; toxic substances; information of personnel; workmen's compensation; safety and health training; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) OSH in developing countries
Transfer of technology
Small and medium-sized enterprises