Safety and health at work in Bangladesh

A labour inspector monitors working conditions at a factory. ©ILO/Naymuzzaman
Occupational accidents and diseases have an impact not only on the lives of affected workers and their families, but also on the productivity of their enterprises and ultimately on the welfare of the entire society.

Although little research has taken place in Bangladesh on occupational injuries and diseases, it is internationally recognized that most occupational deaths and injuries are entirely preventable, and could be avoided if employers and workers took simple initiatives to reduce hazards and risks at the workplace.

The ILO is working with the Government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in Bangladesh to foster a preventative safety and health culture by strengthening national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems, which include developing policies and frameworks on OSH, reinforcing labour inspection and governance, facilitating training on OSH, and conducting national OSH campaigns.


  1. National Plan of Action on Occupational Safety and Health (2021-2030)

    The National Plan of Action on OSH includes new strategies to improve the enforcement of workplace safety and health, adoption of relevant regulations and standards, and provision of necessary training and promotional activities on OSH in every industrial sector.

  2. National Profile on Occupational Safety and Health in Bangladesh 2019

    This policy document presents the current status of occupational safety and health (OSH) in Bangladesh.

  3. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Guideline on Covid-19

    This guideline includes recommendations and tools to help government, employers, workers and relevant stakeholders plan and organise the containment of COVID-19 in workplaces.

  4. What is a Safety Committee? (English)

    This brochure gives basic information on what are Safety Committees and what do they do.

  5. 10 Tips on OSH (English)

    This brochure provides basic information on 10 ways to make workplaces safer.

  6. Personal protective equipment

  7. Risk assessment and monthly & quarterly checks