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Assurance of workers safety highlighted at Industrial Safety Forum

Assurance of workers safety highlighted at Industrial Safety Forum 

 

Dhaka May 12 2022 :

 

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and International Labor Organisation (ILO) Bangladesh jointly organised a day-long event titled ‘Industrial Safety Forum (ISF)’ which held in Bangladesh for the first time at a city hotel on Thursday.

Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Minister of Industries was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the forum.

Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment was Special Guest while Ardashir Kabir, President, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and Shamim Ara, Chairman, National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE) were Guests of Honour at the session.

The session was chaired by Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director, ILO, Bangladesh and

Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD delivered welcome remarks at the inaugural session of the forum.

The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions titled, “Role of Public Institutions in Developing Industrial Safety Framework” and “Employers’ Role in Implementing OSH Regulations in the Industry”.

Industrial safety in Bangladesh is still in its nascent stage of development. Its overall
framework and institutional preparedness, particularly related to building safety and
occupational safety and health (OSH), and environmental concerns remain outside the core
activities in most industrial sectors.

In this case, Readymade Garments (RMG) sector sets a good example by upgrading its standards and practices. Safety progress in the RMG sector and the need for all industrial sectors to follow suite, underscores the necessity to develop a comprehensive framework of industrial safety covering all safety-related issues across all sectors, economic activities, and commercial establishments.

In this backdrop, the Industrial Safety Forum (ISF) held in Bangladesh for the first
time. The aim of the Forum was to bring parties responsible for industrial safety together to
continue the dialogue on ensuring a credible and accountable industrial safety governance
structure, by building on proven systems and practices through social dialogues.

The ISF aimed to provide inspiration towards further engagement of parties that serves as
the foundation for building comprehensive workplace safety and social dialogue in all
industries and could facilitate ensuring a sustainable and transparent industrial safety
framework in Bangladesh.

Experts, industry insiders, economists, researchers and media took part in the programme.

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