Safety and health at work during COVID-19: good practices from Bangladesh
Many workplaces with strong occupational safety and health (OSH) cultures and systems in place succeeded in coping with the risks of the pandemic.
In the fight against COVID-19, it is essential to use face masks, and wash and disinfect hands as often as possible.
Workplaces such as JNM Sweater in Bhaluka installed hand washing and sanitization facilities at the entrance of the factory. Employees and workers got checked with a thermometer while entering into the premises. If the body temperature of an employee was found high, the management asked him/her to get tested for COVID-19.
Many Bangladeshi enterprises remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic with some restrictions.
Epyllion Style Ltd. in Gazipur ensured physical distancing and conducted regular disinfection of all the floors and machineries to curb the risk of infection among workers and employees
A number of workplaces provided in-house medical facilities for workers, while taking precautions such as installing screens between the doctors’ and the patients’ seating areas.
A worker showing wage payment notification on her phone.
When ready-made garment factories were shut down in the early days of the pandemic and were struggling to pay the workers, Bangladesh government offered a stimulus package and digitalized wage payment. This led to over a million workers receiving their wages through mobile financial service which was usually paid in cash before COVID-19.
Workers holding up their COVID-19 vaccine card.
In Bangladesh, registration for the COVID-19 vaccine was conducted via an app which required access to smart devices. The government as well as many employers organized registration booths to support disadvantaged people and manual and non-formal workers register for the vaccine. Additionally, some factories provided transport to help their workers reach the vaccination centres safely.
Many pregnant women were hesitant to continue working in factories during the pandemic. Several enterprises provided rest and breastfeeding areas for pregnant and lactating employees who decided to come to work
COVID-19 has increased the risks of violence and harassment, particularly against women and vulnerable groups.
Momtex Textile Ltd. in Narshingdi organized training and awareness sessions for its management, supervisors and workers’ representative to inform them about prevention of gender-based violence.
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