Forum on Worker Health and Safety Identifies Ways to Improve OHS in Bangladesh Garment Industry

Posted May 21, 2014

Representatives from several organizations, including AIHA, met on May 7 at NIOSH in Washington, D.C., to hear presentations about the ongoing efforts to improve health and safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.

Presenters from the Embassy of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs Bureau identified priority needs and gaps for effective occupational safety and health programs in Bangladesh.

During the general discussion, participants made a list of ways to improve Bangladesh factory safety. Participants identified four projects that could be undertaken by members of the occupational health and safety community in North America:

  1. Training on various topics for the greatly increased number of government inspectors

  2. Training for local designers and installers of fire and electrical systems on the relevant codes and best practices

  3. Development of core elements of OHS management systems that are appropriate for existing garment factories

  4. Development and distribution of pictorial “hazard cards” for workers

For additional information on the Forum on Worker Health & Safety in the Bangladesh Garment Industry, please e-mail project coordinator Garrett Brown.