Wasting Safety

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virtual exhibition

Wasting Safety literally introduces, through a play on words, the theme of the entire exhibition. The protagonists are the "people at work". During this experience we aim to make the spectator focus on the safety and protection of the individual during the worktime. A particular attention is given to the, often marginal topic of the Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.).
P.P.E. that are distributed in Europe must bear a mark to certify compliance with essential health and safety requirements. Aesthetics are not always contemplated, in any case the western model is the prevailing one.

What if, in addition to safety and health, parameters that are indiscriminately valid for all human beings, we start taking into consideration the socio-cultural variable of the geographical place where P.P.E. has to be used?

The protections currently on the market are designed on standard basis but they do not contemplate traditions, customs and values belonging to cultures other than the western one. As a consequence, some devices could be inconsistent with the real needs of the worker.
To reflect new behavioral aspects of the people at work, we decided to analyze a complex and little-known field: the extraordinary cultural context of the Indian female workers, engaged in the waste collection (waste-collectors). These women, ashamed of their work in close contact with the garbage, choose not to wear devices that can highlight their status. As designers, our contribution is to propose an inclusive project approach at a social and cultural level.
Through the exhibition, you will see different prototypes, pictures and graphic marks.
All our work, applied to an extreme context, tries to reflect and make reflect on those contexts that are closer to our world.

What if, in addition to safety and health, parameters that are indiscriminately valid for all human beings, we start taking into consideration the socio-cultural variable of the geographical place where P.P.E. has to be used?