In October 2013 the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization launched a major programme aimed at improving working conditions in the RMG Sector in Bangladesh. One of the five component of the multi-year programme is to create OSH awareness in the RMG factory level and the stakeholders, along with capacity building for OSH Policy implementation and strengthening of labour inspection systems for long term sustainability.
In response to tragic accidents at the RMG Factories and subsequent protest, the Government of Bangladesh made amendments to the Labour Law 2006. The amendment of Labour Law in 2013 requires the establishment of a labour-management Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Committee in all enterprises. Furthermore, under current law, every factory with 50 or more employees is legally required to establish a labour-management cooperation mechanism called a Participation Committee (PC).Promotion of OSH falls within the scope of the Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector programme and the Participatory Planning Workshop will focus on chalking-out implementation of the policy at factory level.