ILO’s Better Work Jordan conducts Occupational Safety and Health workshop for factories exporting to the EU

Better Work Jordan (BWJ)’s health and safety training contributes to improved working conditions in non-garment factories benefitting from EU's simplified Rules of Origin (RoO) agreement with Jordan.

The ILO/BWJ kicked off a training workshop on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Amman on Sunday (November 17) for non-garment factories exporting to the EU. The workshop is part of efforts to enhance working conditions in Jordan’s manufacturing sector.

The three-day training programme is targeting OSH personnel in eight non-garment factories registered with Better Work Jordan, Ministry of Labour inspectors, representatives from the Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI) and worker representatives.

Facilitated by Better Work Jordan, a joint initiative of the ILO and the International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH), the training covers areas including the identification of hazards, risk control measures and inspection checklists.

The training is part of Better Work Jordan’s efforts to improve working conditions at factory-level. Its services include providing assessment, advisory and training services to factories and their workers on a number of issues including ways to promote safety and health in the workplace.

The workshop is funded by the European Union under an ongoing project in collaboration with the ILO to support the implementation of the Agreement for the relaxation of the Rules of Origin (RoO) between the EU and Jordan. The agreement supports Jordan in its response to the Syrian refugee crisis by facilitating access of specific Jordanian goods to the EU market, while creating jobs for both Jordanians and Syrian refugees.