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COVID-19 management guidance for factories in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase as time goes by and the character of the virus transmission is very fast since it was first announced in early March 2020.

In response to the crisis, Better Work Bangladesh (BWB) guideline on COVID 19 will help employers, worker and respective committee members responsible for managing their workplace during COVID-19, protecting workers, and answering some of the workplace and occupational safety and health (OSH) related questions that factories are facing.

However, this guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.

Employers and workers in readymade garments and footwear factories should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts become available.

Better Work advises factories to tackle COVID-19 by using a systematic approach that
emphasizes on the joint collaboration of workers and management through active engagement.

The best way to control COVID-19 is to systematically prevent it from entering the workplace in
the first place. In factories where it may not be possible to eliminate the COVID-19 outbreak due
to the high density of workers in a small place, the most effective protection measure will be to
use the “hierarchy of controls” to select ways of controlling workplace hazards.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of control measure. In most cases, a
combination of control measures will be necessary to protect workers from exposure to COVID19.

Few more principles are:

  • Identification and Isolation of potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Safe Transportation guideline from COVID- 19
  • Protecting workers at community level from COVID-19

To see the detail guidelines, please visit: COVID-19 Management Guidance With Self-assessment checklist for RMG factories in Bangladesh

 

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