The impact of occupational health hazards on waste management workers’ productivity in Nigeria

Mr. Ogbonda, Itoro Nwoburoma, Owapiriba P, P. Abu, Anele Kinikanwo A


This study assessed the relationship between occupational health hazards and waste management workers productivity based on extant literature on the variables. The study discourse of literature covered the conceptualization, operational definitions and the possible relationship between the variables. The review also examined manifestations of occupational health hazards especially within the context of Nigeria and the possible impact of this on the well-being and productivity of waste management workers. The discourse further espoused on the current practices and relative measures undertaken by waste management organizations as well as the possible measures adopted in enhancing the state and nature of work conditions under which waste management workers are subjected. The review revealed substantial argument which links poor and inadequate management of health issues to workers poor productivity levels and health related events. Consequently, it was concluded that given the extent to which occupational health hazards impacts on workers productivity, it is therefore imperative that waste management organizations, especially those in Nigeria, adopt the necessary standardized health prerequisites and platforms duly recognized and affirmed by the relevant global health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) with respect to workers work conditions and role expectations.

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