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ILO adopts Code of Practice for textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries


The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a Code of Practice (CoP) for the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries to improve the health and safety conditions of more than 60 million workers employed in these sectors around the globe.

Based on international labour standards and other sectoral guidelines, the code, adopted for the first time, provides comprehensive and practical advice on how to eliminate, reduce and control all major hazards and risks, according to the CoP draft.

The hazards and risks included chemical substances, ergonomic and physical hazards, tools, machines and equipment, as well as building and fire safety. The purpose of this code is to provide practical guidance for the use of all those, both in the public and private sectors, who have obligations, responsibilities, duties and rights regarding safety and health in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries, it said.

The ILO sectoral code was adopted on October 08 which will shortly be available in Bangla, according to the ILO Dhaka office.

TuomoPoutiainen, Country Director-Bangladesh, ILO, said, the code recognized that effective OSH systems require joint commitment and consultation between the competent authority, brands and buyers, suppliers, employers, workers and their representatives.

Awareness raising of the CoP and its contents is needed as a first next step, with authorities and other stakeholders, in countries like Bangladesh, China, India, Vietnam and other manufacturing hubs of textile and footwear, he added.