The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has launched a project to raise awareness of health and safety a number of factories across Bangladesh. The ‘OHS Initiative for Workers and Communities’ project, will see 75 people trained to deliver workshops in Dhaka across the garment, construction and ship-breaking industries.
This co-funded operation includes; IOSH, the World Solidarity Movement (WSM) in Belgium, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the USA, LUSH Cosmetics “Charity Pot” in Canada, and a group of anonymous donors in San Francisco, who together have provided a total in excess of $53,000 for the first year of the project.
The project aims to support over 6,000 workers across Bangladesh’s factories and the communities that surround them and further fundraising will take place across the 3 year period.
IOSH has been supporting international efforts to help safeguard those working in garment factories, particularly since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka in 2013, which killed more than 1,100 workers.
The Institution has backed similar projects on fire safety training as well as working with others on a Parliamentary debate called Ethical Fashion 2020: a new vison for transparency and arranging a webinar called Effective OSH in global supply chains.
Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, said: “IOSH is delighted to be supporting this very worthwhile collaboration and its aim to develop health and safety trainers and knowledgeable workers in a range of hazardous sectors.