Jagdish Patel | Workers’ health and safety in the state of Gujarat, India

Lecture | October 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 5400, 5th floor (2121 Berkeley Way / 1919 Shattuck Avenue), UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Jagdish Patel, Executive Director, People’s Training and Research Centre, Vadodara, India, http://www.peoplestraining.org/

 Garrett Brown, Lecturer at the School of Public Health, and Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

 UC Berkeley School of Public Health, The Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk by Indian labor activist and director of Peoples Training and Research Centre, Mr. Jagdish Patel.

Talk Abstract:
Gujarat state in India has several claims to fame – it is the home state of the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and it is one of the most industrialized regions of India. The presentation will provide an industrial map of the state, occupational health and safety problems faced by the workforce, available data on injuries and illnesses, and ongoing efforts to obtain compensation for injured workers and their survivors. Occupational diseases experienced by the state’s workers include noise-induced hearing loss, silicosis, occupational asthma, chromium toxicity, and occupational dermatitis. The talk will also describe the work of the People’s Training and Research Centre in Vadodara to raise workers’ understanding and awareness of workplace health hazards and their rights under Indian law.

About the Speaker:
Jagdish Patel has diplomas in chemical engineering and industrial engineering and began his career working in chemical plants around Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Patel helped establish Vyavsayik Swasthya Suraksha Mandal, a local workplace safety advocacy group in 1986. In 1988, Patel started a bimonthly Gujarati newsletter on occupational health and safety, and he was a leader of the National Campaign on Dust-Related Lung Diseases that began in 1990. In 1992, Patel helped establish the People’s Training and Research Centre, and has been working full time for the Centre since 1998. Patel was the Coordinator of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV, now renamed as ANROEV) from 2006 to 2008. Patel was also Coordinator of the Occupational and Environmental Health Network (OEHNI), and one of the founding members and current Co-Chair of the Asian Ban Asbestos Network India (ABANI). Patel has conducted educational and legal rights campaigns with workers suffering silicosis in the agate polishing and stone crushing industries, and chemical workers experiencing chromium toxicity, among many other local industries. In 2007, Patel received the International Award from the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association.

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Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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