- Safety and working conditions in small-scale mining: The case of selected small-scale metallic mines in the Philippinespdf - 2.3 MB
Hazards in workplaces are common especially in sectors where informal arrangement exists such as in small-scale mining. Although there is dearth of data on reported injuries, accidents or casualties, it is of great consideration that problems on safety and working conditions in this sector are addressed given the risks to which workers are exposed. Focusing on the six mine sites from four provinces in the Philippines, the study uses a mix of qualitative and quantitative research tools for the data-gathering. Results of the study indicate that: (a) the definition of small-scale mining in the Philippines needs to be revisited given the gaps between the definition and practices in terms of mode of extraction; (b) varied safety measures and practices are undertaken by different small-scale mining communities; and (c) labour standards and social protection concerns are not so much emphasized as compared to the challenges pertaining to legalization requirements and processes.