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Understanding Sanitation Work

This course provides an introduction to sanitation workers, the history of sanitation work, ongoing challenges in the field, and present-day issues facing sanitation workers.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (46 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2022
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. What is Sanitation Work? (5 mins)
  • 3. Recent History (4 mins)
  • 4. International Perspective (9 mins)
  • 5. Types of Sanitation Work (3 mins)
  • 6. Social Stigma and Protections (10 mins)
  • 7. The Role of Technology (5 mins)
  • 8. Career Pathways (4 mins)
  • 9. Looking Ahead (1 min)

What You Will Learn

  • To learn about the historical perspective of the challenges faced by sanitation workers.

  • To familiarize participants with the wide range of work in sanitation subsectors and crosscutting themes.

  • To familiarize participants with the current challenges faced by sanitation workers domestically and internationally.

  • The role of technology and personal protective equipment, and its impact on the labor market.

  • To increase awareness of the gender lens among workers.

  • To increase insight and awareness of this blindspot in the field of safely managed waste .

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to sanitation workers, the history of sanitation work, ongoing challenges in the field, and present-day issues facing sanitation workers. Participants will learn the frontline nature of the work that enables communities to exist and thrive, particularly regarding the critical role of sanitation workers in safely managing waste. Participants will also learn the importance of paying attention to this blindspot in our culture's awareness to become a better ally for the sanitation workers in multiple subsectors across a varied and international service chain.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Equity
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability

AICP CM

This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.

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Seema Thomas

Seema Thomas

Seema is an urban development professional focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale.

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