Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- The government, employers and labour leaders have vowed to ensure fire safety measures in work place in Bangladesh.
The decision was taken at a tripartite meeting jointly organized by ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The stakeholders have also promised to work together to develop a national tripartite action plan on fire safety by the end of February 2013, a joint statement said.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment; Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), two apex body of garment exporters; and other government ministries and departments took part in the meeting.
The stakeholders’ initiatives came against the backdrop of the Tazreen fire incident that claimed more than 111 lives late last year in Bangladesh.
The stakeholders have also committed to formulate the comprehensive action plan to prevent any further loss of life, limb and property due to work place fires and fire-related accidents and incidents.
The meeting also discussed different issues related to fire safety during its daylong deliberations.
The meeting also calls for promoting the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981, and other instruments of the ILO relevant to the framework for occupational safety and health.
All the stakeholders have committed to fully abide by all relevant laws, regulations and procedures aimed at ensuring fire safety at work place, according to the statement.
They called upon the international and national partners and stakeholders, including international development organizations, brands/buyers, donour agencies, and non-governmental organizations, to assist them in implementing the national tripartite action plan on fire safety, once finalized.
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