The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling for more to be done to improve workplace safety in garment factories around the world.
The call follows a debate in the Houses of Parliament highlighting the importance of protecting workers’ welfare in the fashion industry’s supply chain.
The IOSH’s head of policy and public affairs, Richard Jones, was among the guests at the Fashion Question Time event.
Event coincides with factory disaster anniversary
The aim of the event, staged by Fashion Revolution and chaired by Mary Creagh MP, was to raise awareness of the working conditions faced by many people in the garment industry around the world.
The debate forms part of Fashion Revolution Week, which coincides with the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory accident in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of over 1,100 workers.
While acknowledging that steps have been taken since the tragedy to improve safety for many garment factory workers, the IOSH says even more needs to be done.
‘Better training required’
Mr Jones says it is vital that the welfare of garment factory workers is kept in the spotlight. Nobody working in the supply chain, he adds, should be allowed to be “out of sight, out of mind”.
More transparency and improved training for managers, Mr Jones says, would help save lives in the industry and ensure businesses are sustainable.
The event was addressed by international development minister Desmond Swayne. His shadow counterpart, Mike Kane MP, meanwhile, was among the panellists for the event, which followed a format similar to the BBC’s Question Time programme.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown