“Where does it hurt?” is a great way to start conversations about health and safety on the job, and to make visible the often-hidden harm of work. It’s the first step* in a process to identify hazards and brainstorm ways to prevent or reduce them. It also helps workers see they aren’t alone in suffering symptoms, illnesses, etc.
Using male and/or female outlines, people use coloured sticky dots/labels to indicate (in red) where they have aches and pains, (in green) where stress shows up in their body, and (in blue) where they have other symptoms (e.g., allergies, breathing problems, cuts). The questions are asked in English, Spanish and Thai.
*See also What Causes Our Symptoms? Hazards and Health and Safety Prevention and Controls.
This poster was produced by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) Migrant Agricultural Workers Program. It was done as part of the KAIROS Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project, funded by Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
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