Workplaces represent a major focus in the life of workers and employers. Having access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can contribute greatly to people’s health and productivity, and to making economies grow. But what is sanitation at the workplace?

Sanitation at the workplace means more than just toilets. It also refers to proper use and cleaning of toilets, wastewater management, and the promotion of individual employee sanitation behaviour, including the proper use of toilets and prevention of open defecation. Sanitation also encompasses interventions that reduce human exposure to diseases by providing a clean environment in which to work.

Learn more about “Wastewater and faecal sludge management” in section 2.2 of the International Labour Organizations (ILO) toolkit WASH@Work a self-training handbook.

The handbook is a combined training and action tool designed to inform governments, employers, and workers on the needs for WASH at the workplace.

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