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DIFE unveils guideline to curb Covid-19 in workplaces

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provided technical assistance in preparing the Covid-19 OSH guideline, and a total of 25,000 copies of the guidelines will be distributed free of cost to workers, employers and all stakeholders in the labour sectors

Update : 08 Oct 2020, 08:33 PM

The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Thursday launched a guideline to help workers and officials protect themselves getting infected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in their workplaces.

Labour and Employment Secretary KM Abdus Salam unveiled the publication titled ‘Guideline on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) to Prevent and Mitigate Covid-19 in the Workplace' at ShromoBhaban in the capital, said a press release.

Industries Secretary KM Ali Azam, Deputy Inspector General (Safety) of at the DIFE Md Kamrul Hasan and other senior officials were present, among others, in the event.

KM Abdus Salam said that they formulated the guideline following the directives of Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina. 

"Implementing this guideline in the workplace is now a challenge," he said, added that they needed to have effective preparations to protect the labour sectors from the second wave of Covid-19 infection in the coming winter.

Inspector General at the DIFE  Shib Nath Roy said; “This  guideline is a milestone in ensuring health and safety in all workplaces, as it has been prepared and customized for our country’s labour sectors in the light of guidance issued by the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).”
Based on international and national labour standards, the Covid-19 OSH guideline set out recommendations and procedures for the government, workers, employers, safety committees and all labour sector related stakeholders to plan and organize the containment of coronavirus in workplace, it adds.

The Covid-19 OSH guideline was approved by the National Council for Industry, Health and Safety on 9 June, 2020, the release reads, adding that the recommendation of the National Council and six additional appendices were included thereafter to enrich the document. 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provided technical assistance in preparing the Covid-19 OSH guideline, it mentioned. 

A total of 25,000 copies of the guidelines will be distributed free of cost to workers, employers and all stakeholders in the labour sector, the press release said.

 


 

 

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