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In accordance with the decision taken by its Governing Body last March, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has brought together a group of 8 experts representing governments, employers and workers to adopt a code of practice on safety and health in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries. This is a first in the sector.
Based on international labour standards and other sectoral guidelines, the code provides recommendations on how to eliminate, reduce or control the main risks and hazards related to chemicals, ergonomic and physical hazards, tools, machinery and equipment, and building and fire safety.
“We want to make sure that the Rana Plaza tragedy never happens again”, said Kamrul Anam, vice president of the workers, referring to the collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed more than 1,000 people. “If everyone commits to translating the provisions of this code into action, we can ensure that no worker – in Bangladesh or any other country – ever has to risk their life in a garment factory again.”