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Action research for the health and safety of domestic workers in Montreal: using numbers to tell stories and effect change.

Authors
Hanley-J; Premji-S; Messing-K; Lippel-K
Source
New Solut 2010 Oct; 20(4):421-439
NIOSHTIC No.
20041798
Abstract
In 2007, a Filipina organization in Quebec (PINAY) sought the help of university researchers to document the workplace health and safety experiences of domestic workers. Together, they surveyed 150 domestic workers and produced a report that generated interest from community groups, policy-makers, and the media. In this article, we-the university researchers-offer a case study of community-university action research. We share the story of how one project contributed to academic knowledge of domestic workers' health and safety experiences and also to a related policy campaign. We describe how Quebec workers' compensation legislation excludes domestic workers, and we analyze the occupational health literature related to domestic work. Striking data related to workplace accidents and illnesses emerged from the survey, and interesting lessons were learned about how occupational health questions should be posed. We conclude with a description of the successful policy advocacy that was possible as an outcome of this project.
Keywords
Humans; Women; Household-workers; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workers; Emotional-stress; Psychological-factors; Psychological-effects; Physical-capacity; Physical-stress; Safety-measures; Accidents; Injuries; Health-protection
Contact
Dr. Jill Hanley, McGill School of Social Work, 3506 University Street, Room 300, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7, Canada`
CODEN
NESLES
Publication Date
20101001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jill.hanley@mcgill.ca
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R13-OH-009462
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1048-2911
Source Name
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Los Angeles
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