The Bangladesh Government on the occasion of World Safety Day and National OSH Day awarded 24 companies for their maintenance of high safety and health standards in their factories. The event was held at the Krishibid Institute Bangladesh in Dhaka, which started with morning rallies and truck shows in various districts.
The chief guests were Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian.
Out of the 24 companies, eleven were apparel manufacturing companies, namely, Plummy Fashions, Wisdom Attires, Nafisa Apparels, Mother Colour, Fatullah Apparels, Comfit Composit Knit, Layla Styles, Epyllon Styles, Ecofab, Ananta Garments and Crown Wears.
Other awardees were Zaber & Zubaer Fabrics, Square Pharmaceuticals, Beximco Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi Bangladesh, Maf Shoes, Apex Footwear, Picard Bangladesh, Zareen Plantation, Shumshernugger Tea Estate, Janata Jute Mills, Wahab Jute Mills and Northern Jute Manufacturing Company.
“Occupational safety and health must be our common and collaborative goal. It is important to look after our workers,” said Munshi at the event.
At the event, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) received a special award from the Bangladesh government in recognition of its 100 years of service in promoting social justice and decent work.
Present at the event, Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director of ILO in Bangladesh, commended the Bangladesh government, the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, and other agencies for their collective efforts to establish a culture of workplace safety in Bangladesh. He said, “Bangladesh RMG sector has been increasing its know-how to safeguard its workers from industrial accidents and poor working conditions. It is now time to apply these lessons to all industries.”
Globally, an estimated 2.78 million workers die each year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. It is to mention here that the ILO introduced the World Safety Day (April 28) in 2003 to create awareness about the prevention of casualties at work. Bangladesh started celebrating April 28 as the National OSH Day from 2016 under the auspices of ILO’s garment programme launched in 2013 to improve working conditions in the industry.
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