hazardous waste

Philippines: risk outsourcing

risk outsourcing

A job not designed for the faint of heart and weak in the stomach. This infectious hospital waste contains bandages with blood and pus, used nappies, bloody tubes, etc. After two days in the sun, it is definitely not a pleasure to collect this hazardous waste. Still lucky, if the cats and dogs did not rip the plastic bags open.
Personal protective equipment helps only if used properly. When (as in this case) this is done by international NGOs, I would call it “risk outsourcing”. Obviously, the persons who designed and supervised these procedures have no clue what occupational health and safety is about.

After observing this, we called the NGO’s supervisor and sent this poor guy home.

Blue Men (Two’s Not A Group)

International experts inspecting a hazardous waste storage site in Ishinomaki, Japan, during a UNEP mission after the 2011 tsunami. Shot taken with Canon EOS 500D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, focal length 18 mm @ f 4.0 and 1/4000s.