• Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Digitising worker safety is the way to go

  • Published at 06:40 pm December 24th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:43 am December 25th, 2017
Digitising worker safety is the way to go
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken a noteworthy initiative, with support from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), to digitise safety inspections at all factories around the country. But all eyes are on the RMG industry, which became notorious for its lack of compliance and poor treatment of employees following two major disasters -- the Rana plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashion fire -- which claimed the lives of thousands of workers. The new inspection system will go a long way towards ensuring worker safety and that will attract more foreign buyers. Inspectors will be equipped with tablet computers and the whole inspection process will be streamlined and transparent, starting from efficient data collection to an e-filing system. Digitisation will leave little room for human error or, more pertinently for Bangladesh, deliberate manipulation by unscrupulous inspectors. Data once entered into the tablet cannot be altered later. However, to make this plan work, inspectors must be properly trained and even factory owners/managers should be familiar with the digitised process. If they are not, inspectors should first explain the process to them before proceeding, to make it transparent, because the goal is to ensure worker safety, not for inspectors to trick or set a trap for factory owners. Given how fleecing and harassing factory owners has been a common inspection practice in the past, it would be ideal if the factories were allowed to complete an online feedback survey to report such misdemeanours. When our workers are able to work in a safe and healthy environment, we will see a drastic improvement in productivity, which will benefit all of us.
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail