The many potential benefits of micro-hydro can only be realized if all aspects of access, ownership and use are investigated beforehand.
Few of the many manuals and training courses on small enterprise promotion in developing countries even mention occupational health and safety, let alone regard it as an essential area of knowledge for successful enterprise. In an attempt to begin to redress this neglect, this article examines the available evidence of the state of the occupational health of workers in small-scale enterprises in developing countries. The range of hazards that can be present and the factors which can determine their effects are then described. Finally the author considers how measures to improve health and safety can be successfully introduced by small-scale enterprises.