Occupational safety and health academy to be set up in Rajshahi

Health Desk :

Occupational safety and health academy
cum hostel is going to be set up in the city for disseminating ideas among
the factory workers and labourers relating to their occupational accident,
safety and diseases prevention.

Department of Labour will implement the project on five acres of land at
Terakhadia area in the city.

Mijanur Rahman, Assistant Director of Department of Labour disclosed the
information here.

The academy will ensure a safe working atmosphere and occupational
health of the factory workers together with contributing a lot towards
boosting productivity.

Md Muniruzzaman, President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
said the workers play a vital role to the country’s economic development.
But, they remained neglected in occupational health. They face accidents
during their duty causing a loss to the national economy.

The chamber leader termed occupational health and safety measures as an
important component of workplace where workers would be from all kinds of
hazards and risks.

Safe work environment ensures safety and health for everyone at work
preventing hazards and risks. Risk comes in many forms including repetitive
tasks, long hours of work, exposure to harmful substances like gas and fumes,
noise, insufficient lighting, damage to equipment and psychological and
physical oppression.

Kamrul Hassan, Deputy Inspector General of Department of Inspection for
Factories and Establishments, said Healthy workers, safe life-ensuring
sustainable development should be our main focus.

He noted that a safe and healthy environment in the industrial sector
has to be ensured to boost production. The government has formulated the
National Occupational Health and Safety Policy in 2013.

He added the present government is committed to ensuring occupational
health and safety of workers.

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