The labour ministry with the support of German government has taken a move to establish an occupational health and safety training and research institute in a bid to impart training to workers and factory inspectors.
Recently, the labour ministry has selected a government land at Mohinanda in Kishoreganj for setting up the institute and written to the public works ministry to allot 15 acres of land in favour of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments.
Citing statistics of International Labour Organisation, the labour ministry in its letter said that due to lack of awareness on occupational
health and safety some 6,300 workers die every day across the world in workplace accident and more than 22 lakh workers die every year in occupational diseases.
It said that the rate of fatality in occupational health and safety hazards in Bangladesh is significant.
Crores of workers are working in 8.08 crore economic units across the country but there was no institute to make aware the vast number of workers and employees on occupational health and safety, the ministry letter said.
It also said that if the work place safety and healthy working environment are ensured the industrial units would achieve highest productivity, production cost would be reduced and local and foreign investment would be encouraged.
‘Industry is growing in the country but we are yet to train our factory inspectors. A good number of inspectors received training from Germany but it is not practical to send all the inspectors abroad for receiving training on safety,’ Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for labour, told New Age on Sunday.
He said that the occupational health and safety issue came into focus after the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people and last year German government assured Bangladesh government to provide technical and financial support in setting up an occupational health and safety training and research institute.
The prime minister also instructed the labour ministry to set up a training and research institute to make the workers aware of occupational health and safety, the state minister said.
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