Employers grand training project on Occupational Health and Safety launched in Bangladesh
The Occupational Health and Safety training project in Bangladesh will contribute to set up important actions for the Ready Made Garment sector in Bangladesh.
The tragic events in a garment factory in Bangladesh which cost the lives of more than a 1000 workers, are about a year old. In reaction to these events, the ILO, in close collaboration with the national tripartite social partners, and underpinned by innovative international actions with the international buyers (so-called Accord and Alliance), set up important actions for the Ready Made Garment sector in Bangladesh.
The ITC ILO is participating in this project as training partners in different parts: strengthening labour inspection and training in occupational health and safety (OSH).
The employers’ component has now been effectively launched. It was initiated with a ceremony attended by the State Minister of Labour and in the presence of the main EOs at national and sector level. In their opening remarks, the employers’ organisations of the sector (BGMAE and BKMAE) and the APEX confederation BEF voiced their strong engagement for the project.
This co-ownership is very important. It confirms the commitment of the sector to increase its efforts for prevention of accidents, to increase a wide awareness on health and safety issues and to enhance a pro-active work-floor culture for safe working conditions. The employers’ component provides training for middle management and workers in the field of OSH, mainly concentrating on fire safety, prevention management, and electrical installation safety. The employers’ component will have a wide outreach thanks to its layered approach and the extensive use of the multiplication effects of the train the trainers methodology: it will start with training 100 master trainers, who in turn will train 7500 supervisors and middle managers, who in turn will train -as team leaders- their workers at the work floor, reaching at the end a huge number of workers (estimated around 500.000 to 600.000). In terms of timing, these results are targeted to be reached by mid 2016 latest.
A second project, in which EOs and companies are trained on social dialogue, and on managing the new dialogue opportunities which will result from the newly established health and safety committees in all companies plus 50 workers, is also in preparation.