State of occupational safety and health practices at workplace for domestic workers in COVID-19 and possibilities for action

The report identifies Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) practices for domestic workers, which could be implemented to respond to pandemic conditions. Based on insights provided by domestic workers themselves, trade unionists working with domestic workers and experts in India, the report lays out expansive medium-term changes in a post-pandemic world that would be ideal.

The report focuses on the health and safety needs of domestic workers. It aims to list current practices that are being undertaken to manage risk by workers and employers in urban India and includes suggestions for employers to make workplaces of paid domestic work more conducive to safety and health of domestic workers in the presence of COVID-19. The report presents advice and expectations from medical practitioners, worker associations and labour unions for improved practices to manage risk from a worker’s perspective.