The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments has proposed an organogram involving 123-strong manpower and eight divisional offices for the planned industrial safety unit which will a permanent body tasked with monitoring industrial safety.
The DIFE recently sent the proposal to the labour ministry, specifying requirements including establishment of a separate deputy inspector general office for the export processing zones as the government is going to introduce inspection in the EPZ factories under the labour ministry.
It also proposed five more DIG offices for five EPZs that include Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Syedpur, Iswrdi, Narayanganj and Comilla.
‘We sent the proposals to the labour ministry last week and the ministry will scrutinise the proposals and then it will forward the proposals to the public administration ministry,’ DIFE inspector general Md Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan told New Age on Monday.
He said that the DIFE proposed the organogram with 123-strong manpower including 75 engineers for the unit.
According to the proposals, an additional inspector general will be the chief of the industrial safety unit and it would be dedicated to conducting safety inspection and factory remediation in the industries.
Once the RMG factories remediation is completed, the remediation coordination cell will be obsolete and the industrial safety unit would be the permanent initiative for monitoring industrial safety, Shamsuzzaman said.
Following the Rana Plaza building collapse in April, 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, 3,780 garment factories were assessed under three initiatives — European retailers’ platform Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, North American buyers’ platform Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the government-led and ILO-supported national initiative.
In association with the International Labour Organisation, the government formed the remediation coordination cell to fix safety faults in the readymade garment factories which were
inspected under the national action plan.
During the formation of the RCC, it was announced that the long-term vision for the RCC was to evolve into an industrial safety unit or agency.
It was also announced that the unit would support safety and it would be more efficient, transparent and contribute to an improved investment climate.