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ILO, BGMEA join hands to continue safety momentum in RMG sector

Staff Correspondent
23 Jan 2022 18:03:54 | Update: 23 Jan 2022 19:15:52
ILO, BGMEA join hands to continue safety momentum in RMG sector
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have joined hands with a view to continuing the momentum of workplace safety in the garment industry of Bangladesh.

An implementation agreement was signed between the organisations on Sunday at BGMEA’s PR office in the capital’s Gulshan to strengthen the capacity of safety committees, a press release said.

President of BGMEA Faruque Hassan, Vice-President Md Nasir Uddin, and Chief Technical Advisor of ILO’s Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Sector Programme George Faller along with senior officials from ILO Bangladesh were present, among others, at the signing ceremony.

The labour law in Bangladesh makes it mandatory for all organisations with 50 or more employees to establish safety committees comprising of an equal number of representatives from workers and employers, it said.

Safety committees are tasked to implement, monitor and communicate on safety issues at workplaces.

Under the deals inked with BGMEA, 700 safety committee members from 75 garment factories will be trained on occupational safety and health (OSH), hazard identification and risk assessment, building safety culture, management of fire accidents and Covid-19 guidelines, read the release.

These upskilled safety committee members will in turn spread the awareness among roughly 50,000 workers in their respective factories.

George Faller said, “Safety Committees bring together management and workers to help create and maintain safe and healthy working environment.

“These committees will prevent many workplace accidents and diseases once they are equipped with proper skills and tools, and allowed to function as per the law,” he said.

Faruque Hassan said, “The safety of our workers is our priority. Hence, we joined hands with the ILO to invest in strong and functional safety committees which will help our industry to overcome the safety and health crisis posed by the pandemic and mitigate other occupational risks.”