Bangladesh to devise nat’l plan on occupational safety

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:10, Feb 18,2020 | Updated: 23:07, Feb 18,2020


The government is going to develop a National Plan of Action on occupational safety and health with the aim of ensuring safe and decent workplace for the workers.

Senior officials of different ministries and departments, factory owners, labour leaders and some of the international stakeholders would finalise the plan at a programme to be held at the Palace Luxury Resort in Habiganj tomorrow.

If finalised, the plan would intend to ensure the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of workers who work in poor condition across the country.

Labour ministry officials said that although the government created the occupational safety and health profile for the workers to ensure safety and decent work still it lacked coordinated efforts from all the stakeholders.

They said that the government had taken the initiative to comply with the requirements of international standards regarding occupational safety and also to comply with the requirement of sustainable development goals.

The labour ministry will hold a daylong workshop with the stakeholders to finalise the National Plan of Action on the OSH policy at the Palace Luxury Resort in Habiganj tomorrow.

Labour ministry officials said that developing an NPA was a must to implement the national OSH policy and the plan should be finalised

with the recommendations from stakeholders concerned.

The ministry sources said that many of the countries  like Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam developed  such plan of action for implementing OSH regulations and the countries had reduced the number of fatal accidents by implementing the programmes.

It is important for Bangladesh to develop the NPA to comply with the SDG 8 related to decent workplaces.

The target 8.8 of the goal 8 of SDG dictates to protect labour rights and promote safe and secure

working environments for all workers.

The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments with the technical support from the International Labour Organisation developed a draft National Plan of Action which would be presented at tomorrow’s event.

The draft would be finalised based on the recommendations to be made by the stakeholders, said people involved with the process.

They hoped that the overall OSH system would improve significantly with the development of the National Plan of Action.

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