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Campaign for better workers safety in garment industry underway

  • Published at 01:30 am March 31st, 2017
Campaign for better workers safety  in garment industry underway
The government has launched a workplace safety campaign for garment industry to raise awareness about the basics of Occupational Safety and Health. The radio-based campaign titled “Safe Workplaces, Go ahead Bangladesh” will be implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments in collaboration with and the International Labour Organization funded by Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom. Renowned actor Mosharraf Karim will support a number of campaign activities. “Efforts to improve workplace safety remain the highest priority for Bangladesh government. The campaign will reach out to RMG workers to help them better understand many safety areas,” said Senior Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar. “I also firmly encourage owners and managers to listen as they too have an equal responsibility regarding safety and health,” he added. Srinivas Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh, said: “This safety campaign is certain to benefit a large number of RMG workers. It is vital however that the efforts to build a culture of safety in Bangladesh begin to go beyond the all-important RMG sector.” As a part of the safety awareness campaign, a series of 19 radio episodes will be broadcast on Dhaka FM 90.4 on Thursday and Friday evenings at 10.00 PM starting from today. Each radio episode of 30-minute duration will focus on a specific OSH related issue. Episodes will feature a drama format as well as songs and discussion. The first show will cover “what to do in an emergency” while others include electrical safety, earthquakes, good housekeeping and hygiene. While a series of safety-related radio commercials will be broadcast focusing what to do in case of fire, maternity protection, safety is everybody’s responsibility and the role of Safety Committees which comprise representatives of the management and workers. Meanwhile, a weekly contest linked to the radio programme will give listeners the chance to win weekly Tk1,000 prizes as well as a grand prize at the end of the campaign of Tk50,000.
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