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

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have joined hands in a bid to continue the momentum of workplace safety in the garment industry of Bangladesh. An implementation agreement was signed between ILO and BGMEA recently to strengthen the capacity of safety committees.

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. Safety committees are tasked to implement, monitor and communicate on safety issues at workplaces, BGMEA said in a press release.

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

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have joined hands in a bid to continue the momentum of workplace safety in the garment industry of Bangladesh. An implementation agreement was signed between ILO and BGMEA recently to strengthen the capacity of safety committees.

“Safety committees bring together management and workers to help create and maintain safe and healthy working environment,” George Faller, BGMEA vice-president, said. “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.”

“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,” BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RR)



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