In association with International Labor Organization (ILO), the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Safety Council initiated a two-day training workshop today to ensure Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).
The safety cell representatives from four chambers and 12 associations alongside ILO representatives are participating in the training workshop.
FBCCI President Md. Jashim Uddin inaugurated the two-day long training workshop titled "Basic OSH and OSH Management System" at the FBCCI in the capital today, said a press release.
While speaking at the workshop, Jashim said that occupational safety and health should be ensured in all industries of the country.
"Safe industry is crucial in the transition from LDCs to developing countries. Many sectors produce world-class products. Ensuring a decent workplace will pave the way to export these products," the President added.
In the post LDC period, the FBCCI President said the issues of occupational safety and health would become more important for Bangladesh in the arena of international trade.
Keeping the future challenges in mind, he informed that Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) in association with FBCCI has completed about 5,200 factories.
Urging the industry owners to come forward to ensure occupational safety and health, Jashim mentioned that decent workplace would increase the productivity of the workforce, hence, entrepreneurs should consider spending on safety as an investment.
Earlier, FBCCI senior vice president Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu said that FBCCI is committed to transforming the country's industries safer. In this connection, the country's apex trade body has established a Safety Council in FBCCI.
Brigadier General (Retd) Abu Nayeem Md. Shahidullah, Advisor of the Safety Council informed that safety committees and safety units would be formed at the factory level of the industry through the Safety Council.
He said that if factory workers are given proper safety training, then the incidents of accident would be reduced.
The two-day workshop will train up the participants in strengthening occupational safety and health of chambers and associations, roles and responsibilities of safety cells, importance of OSH, concepts and benefits of OSH, hazard and risk identification and assessment, legislative framework, OSH Law and rules, OSH management, steps of effective OSH implementation, roles of owner and employees, responsibility of safety committee members, fire safety, rescue and first aid, occupational accidents and work related illness and diseases, internal communication and knowledge management in implementing OSH.