Washim Mia, Staff Correspondent: ‘Health is wealth’. The proverb directly hints at the importance of good health. In terms of garments workers, who have to feed 3 or 4 others with their monthly income, it becomes more vital for them to stay fit and healthy for which health friendly workplace is a must. So, keeping workers’ health and wellbeing in focus, the 3rd two days long awareness training on ‘Workers’ Health, Sanitation & Well-being in workplace: Laws and Practice’ was held on 06-07 October 2018 at the conference hall of Royal Marino Hotel in Dhaka.
With the funding support from Working With Women- II project, the session was organized jointly by Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS, Global Sustainable Certification Services Limited-GSCS and Bangladesh Apparel Professionals Society-BAPS in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization.
The objective of the training was to reinforce delegates’ understanding of existing National & International standards, rules and regulations related to health, Sanitation & well-being at workplace and strengthen their competency to conduct workplace assessment by using exclusive tool developed and enable delegates’ ability to design, develop and implement effective health, Sanitation & well-being programme in their respective organizations.
This interactive session was conducted by the globally recognized trainer, vastly experienced Mr. Abdul Mottaleb, Managing Director- Global Sustainable Certification Services Limited-GSCS in which 21 delegates from 14 garments factories attended.
Mr. Abdul Mottaleb said during the session, ‘‘RMG industry is the major source of foreign income for Bangladesh. As the garments workers are continuously working to achieve the milestone 50 billion mark by 2021 and increase the status one level up of our country to be number one RMG exporting country in the world, now it is our responsibility to reply some with not only the monthly salary but also with the facility from all possible angles for their better health, sanitation and wellbeing. In this regard the assessment tool developed based on national and international rules and regulations is going to be the most effective one to identify the gaps related to health and wellbeing of our factories and will help to take the proper action plan against them on the way to continual development”.
“As I said in my previous two sessions that there is no individual parameter and formal way, still, for the garments factories for self assessment in terms of health, sanitation and wellbeing of their workers, it will definitely work. One thing we all have to keep in mind that ‘healthy employees are productive employees”, he added.
Ms. Nazma Yesmin, Project Coordinator- Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS was present at the certificate of participation distributing ceremony. She, along with the tutor Mr. Mottaleb, handed over the certificates to the delegates.