Bangladesh celebrates World Day for Safety and Health at Work for first time

The Government of Bangladesh held a range of activities across the country to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work for first time on 28 April 2016.

News | Dhaka, Bangladesh | 29 April 2016
President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid (3rd left) presides over the World Day for Safety and Health at Work ceremony
The events were organized by the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) with the support of ILO’s Improving Working Conditions in the Ready Made garment Sector programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 

An early morning rally saw almost 1,000 members of the labour inspectorate and Department of Labour join workers and the State Minister for Labour and Employment on a march through the streets of Dhaka to raise awareness of the day.

The President of Bangladesh Addul Hamid presided over a ceremony to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work attended by high-ranking members of the government, trade unions, industry and development partners as well as brands and retailers.

A rally though the streets of Dhaka to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work
A series of events also took place organized by divisional offices of DIFE to spread the OSH message to workers and employers around the country.
Srinivas Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh recognized the progress made since the Rana Plaza collapse three years ago to build a culture of safety and health in the country while highlighting the need for RMG factory remediation and the establishment of Safety Committees as required by law.

He also highlighted the vital role of workers in ensuring workplace safety.
“We cannot separate the issue of worker safety from worker rights. Workers who are empowered and aware have a vital role to play in ensuring workplace safety. Trade unions need to be allowed to form and operate freely within all industries. We need to empower workers and their organizations and enable them to become active partners in progress,” he said.

ILO is supporting the reform of the labour inspectorate as it strives to become a more efficient, credible and accountable organization.
“A more effective and efficient labour inspectorate will make a huge contribution to enhancing OSH in Bangladesh, not only in the RMG sector but across every industry,” he added. “I sincerely look forward to this Day becoming the high point of a year-round series of OSH activities. It is the perfect time to reflect on what has been achieved and to energise all our efforts to ensure safe workplaces and Decent Work for each and every worker in Bangladesh.”