On 17 August this year, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) came together to improve Bangladeshi workplace safety in ten key sectors when they signed an agreement.
Supported by the ILO’s RMG program will be carried out to ensure that at institutional and enterprise levels are safety and health standards at the workplace.
The key sectors that will benefit from this agreement include chemical, plastic, food processing, domestic RMG, and steel re-rolling. Fifteen safety units, 2,400 safety representatives, and 100 safety committees are involved in this move to strengthen safety.
Any business with fifty or more employees should establish safety committees that include an equal number of representatives for both employees and employers. The ILO-FBCCI initiative called for 900 safety committee members on occupational safety and health. Their purpose already stated is to address the safety concerns at their workplaces.
The ILO RMG program organized its first Industry Safety Forum (ISF) this May in Dhaka to discuss and cooperate in bettering Bangladeshi workplace safety. The program is also upskilling a thousand RMG safety committees on several areas such as COVID-19 guidelines and occupational safety and health achieved with Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The success of this will see an incredible leap in workplace safety in a majority of Bangladeshi businesses.