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Occupational Safety and Health
Stopping the sparks flying boosts factory safety in Bangladesh
06 February 2017
Electrical faults are the leading cause of fires in the Bangladesh garment industry. ILO with the support of the US Department of Labor has helped build capacity of fire inspectors to spot electrical risks.
Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination at workplace through training for labour inspectors
14 October 2016
An ILO training equipped Ukrainian labour inspectors with skills and knowledge to implement awareness-raising and training activities and to provide advisory services to employers and workers.
Occupational safety and health
Making Chinese factories safer
24 August 2016
The ILO SCORE programme helps factories in China improve their record on occupational safety.
Gulf Cooperation Council
New UAE-ILO programme to set example in developing labour market governance
23 May 2016
The ILO and UAE launch a new joint programme to improve labour market information systems and governance in the Gulf State, the first such example of collaboration with the ILO in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
Global survey analyzes the use of information and communication technologies in labour administration
06 November 2015
Evidence discussed within the first GOVERNANCE Working Paper Series suggests that new technologies can significantly strengthen the capacity of governments to enhance compliance with labour laws and regulations. Comparing international practices in this area may present a new avenue for the ILO to provide technical cooperation and advisory services.
ILO and the Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen labour inspection systems in Pakistan
02 July 2015
The partnership will strengthen institutional mechanisms for effective labour inspection; enhance human resource capacities in the country to enforce the law on labour inspections and partner with the private sector to promote international labour standards and ensure their compliance by enterprises.
Rana Plaza, two years on
Factory inspector, a challenging but honourable job
22 April 2015
Since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse there has been a sustained effort to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Labour Inspectorate. ILO is supporting this process through its Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Amongst the newly recruited inspectors trained by ILO is 27-year-old Farzana Islam.
Technology lightens the load for factory inspector
01 April 2015
‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.
Better employment services and improved vocational education
22 January 2015
The Delegation of the European Union to Albania and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, presented results a three-year Human Resources Development project on 15 January 2015 in Tirana.
Sandra Polaski: "important improvements still required in many areas"
20 October 2014
At an ILO-EU stocktaking meeting on the Sustainability Compact for Bangladesh, ILO Deputy Director-General Sandra Polaski said that despite important progress made in terms of labour conditions, a lot of work still remains to be done.
Occupational safety and health
Government, workers' and employers' representatives agreed on the main elements of a roadmap on OSH in mines
17 October 2014
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), International Labour Organization (ILO), social partners and other relevant stakeholders discussed how risk assessments, compliance with national legislation, labour inspection and the social partners can contribute to increased safety and health in mines in a national tripartite meeting held in Ankara.
“Supervisors of the future”
10 October 2014
The ILO American Regional Meeting kicks off next week in Lima, Peru, with a focus on topics such as productivity, social inclusion, competitiveness and the informal economy. ILO News looks at how some of these issues have been tackled in the apparel industry through Better Work Nicaragua, a joint ILO-IFC programme.
ILO Director-General: Labour inspections key to fighting undeclared work
18 September 2014
Guy Ryder urges EU member states to ramp up steps to support formalization of the informal economy, spotlighting specific action for tackling undeclared work.
Garment industry in Bangladesh
125 Labour Inspectors Received Training by the ITC-ILO
26 June 2014
Labour Inspectors from the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments attended a three week long training programme by the ILO aimed at strengthening capacity of the labour inspection system of Bangladesh
Garment industry in Bangladesh
Future Directions Set for Modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh
26 June 2014
Participants of a two day workshop on Labour Inspection Management in Bangladesh made a number of recommendations aimed at setting the direction for the modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Programme (RMGP) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
CAD $19.5 million ILO project launched to enhance capacity of workforce in key industries in Bangladesh
15 May 2014
‘Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project’ is a five year long initiative of the Government of Bangladesh funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the ILO.
Norway funds effort to strengthen labour rights, improve occupational health and safety for 4,000 Bangladeshi workers in garment, leather and shrimp sectors
16 March 2014
"Decent Work and fair globalization are important and related objectives on the Norwegian Government’s agenda. Everybody must enjoy basic workers’ rights, work in an environment where standards are respected, and receive their share of the wealth created,” stated H. E. Ms Merete Lundemo, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh.
Union registrations rise sharply in Bangladesh garment sector: New labour laws pave way to improve conditions, workers’ rights
20 February 2014
The 30 labour officials examined recent changes to labour laws in Bangladesh, which will promote workers’ rights, and facilitate the registration of new trade unions.
ILO welcomes the upgrading of the Bangladesh Labour Inspectorate
09 February 2014
The ILO welcomes the decision of the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments office to a ‘Department’. With this upgrade, the number of labour and factory inspectors will increase to a total of 575 from the current 183 positions.
New labour inspectors on board to ensure compliance
22 January 2014
To achieve sustainable reform in labour inspection system in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the program “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” (PSES), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), joined hands to develop capacity of the newly recruited labour inspectors of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE).