Bangladesh: Official data shows half of garment factories do not form safety committees as legally required

Author: Readymade Garment Bangladesh, Published on: 5 October 2017

"Half of apparel units flout needs for safety committees", 23 Sep 2017

Nearly half of the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) factories are yet to set up their safety committees despite having legal compulsion... Recent findings of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment (DIFE) under the ministry of labour and employment revealed that some 2,174 safety committees were formed...About 4,795 garment factories are operating across the country....Any factory that employs 50 or more workers must form a safety committee, which would function as per...the law amended in 2013...[T]he rules published in September 2015, the existing factories have to form such committees within six months from the date the rules come into effect, while the factories, set up after the formulation of the rules, have to do it within nine months after production starts....The regular inspection conducted by DIFE inspectors found that the rate of forming safety committee and other compliance issues in garment factories, affiliated with either the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), is relatively poor...


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Related companies: Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)