Issued on 08 October 2020
Issued on 16 September 2021
The national OSH Profile presents the current status of occupational safety and health (OSH) in Bangladesh. The publication provides information on OSH-related laws, regulatory frameworks and provisions in the country.
Rana Plaza, two years on
Article | 20 April 2015
Two years after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the ILO has provided two survivors with support to open their own successful businesses and has helped these entrepreneurs think big for the future.
Post Rana Plaza tragedy
Press release | 09 March 2015
International labour standards
Occupational safety and health
Protection in specific branches of activity
Bangladesh has only ratified category or sector specific Conventions on OSH. The country has not ratified key international labour standards on OSH policy, namely the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No.155).
Laws and regulations
Act No. 30 of 2013
The Labour (Amendment) Act 2013 makes a large number of amendments to the Labour Act 2006 and, particularly, introduces several provisions aimed at improving workplace safety.
Among others, the amended legislation now requires the creation of safety committees in factories with 50 workers or more, the establishment of workplace Health Centres in workplaces with over 5000 employees and safety welfare officers in workplaces with more than 500. Under the amendments compensation for work-related deaths is provided after two years in employment, compared to the current three years period. Workplaces of over 500 employers are required to arrange for and cover the cost of treatment of occupational diseases. The labour inspectorate is given new responsibilities to inspect safety and health conditions of workplaces and conduct on-the-spot inspections.
Other important amendments deal with dangerous work for children; emergency exits; access to gangways and stairs for workers; mandatory use of personal safety equipment; notification of competent authority in case of incident; and provisions on social dialogue, trade unions and dispute resolution; and employers and companies responsibilities.
Authorities and bodies
Policies and programmes
National profile in 2002
The profile consists of Macro and Micro sessions, a Case Study section, and it concludes with some Recommendations.
Database of labour statistics
Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.