AMRC as an regional labour organisation is in the unique position to build the capacity and help our partner organisations in the region to become the local hub or resource organisation in the country to serve the unions and counterparts that they are working with on OSH issues. By nurturing the growth of a core group of trainers in OSH issues, the knowledge can be carried over tenfold rather than AMRC making a direct intervention at the grassroot level which in the long run is not sustainable. By adopting this model of building the capacity of our partner organisation be in labour NGOs or trade union will ensure continuity and create strong linkages between the unions, workers and NGOS working on OSH. AMRC carries out the trainings using participatory interactive trainings methods and techniques which have been effective and can be easily duplicated by training modules and manuals which are the produced at the end of the program serving as a resource for the trainers. Slowly, AMRC can therefore withdraw and move to new countries to carry out similar interventions and build the local capacities and expertise on OSH to help bring better conditions in the workplace.
Training of trainers as an intervention to achieve the goal of strengthening the capacity of the grassroots labour groups and unions in order to achieve better OSH conditions at the workplace. The training programmes of AMRC can be varied in nature depending on the project concerned (e.g.) in areas of occupational safety and health where workers are made aware of the hazards at their workplace; for trade unions so that they can carry out training programmes independently in areas like OSH, labour rights and other issues and capacity building of workers making them aware of their rights so that they can fight for better working conditions and not be exploited by the management.
Workers around Asia are working in hazardous conditions affecting their health and therefore their ability to work. Unions need to bring OSH issues to the forefront and onto the bargaining table just like the other issues that unions deal with like wages, working hours, overtime etc. so that they can fight for better working conditions at the factories and workplaces. By informing and empowering them with the knowledge on hazards at the workplace and their rights, occupational health and safety education serves a tool for organising at the workplace and the community. The trainings will be carried out in the formal and most importantly in the informal sector where the majority of workers in Asia are earning their living.
AMRC has been working with partners in the region on the training of trainers program to build the capacites of the partner organisations to carry out trainings on their own and then move to other countries/ areas where similar interventions are carried out to build the strength and resources of local organisations on OSH issues. AMRC has worked in the following countries- Cambodia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India and Philippines. The material and modules of these trainings have been translated , localised and adapted to their local needs and based on their experiences. Below are a list of manuals and materials that AMRC and its partners have produced over the years.
AMRC in partnership with Homenet South East Asia carried out a training of trainers for informal workers in Manila early 2010. This was the first collaboration AMRC had with Homenet South East Asia and along with Occupational Safety and Health Center (OHSC) .
This training manual has been produced by the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development one of AMRC's partners in its long standing training of trainers (ToT) program in the region. IOHSAD is based in Manila and has been working on OSH issues. This manual has been produced by them for their training activities based on material from AMRC and members of the ANROEV network (i.e.) Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) based in Berkeley and localized based on their experiences in working with workers and victims on OSH
OSH training with FSP-KEP - The first training was a follow up on the training done with KEP in 2007. But out of the 18 trainers that turned up for the training only 5 were from the earlier basic training. So the schedule for the training had to be a compromise of the basic and advanced training again to meet the needs of the mixed bunch present. The trainers were quick to assure the facilitators that they had knowledge about OSH and that they were not that green.