Occupational Health and Safety in the age of Climate Crisis

11 years since the Rana Plaza tragedy, Occupational Health and Safety remains a pressing concern globally. Despite progress, millions still face occupational risks daily, exacerbated by climate change, and this is particularly true for Ready Made Garment workers in Bangladesh. Read here our case study, which explores the challenges for a Just Transition in the Bangladeshi’s RMG sector.   


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11 years ago, on the 24th of April 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, house of five garment factories, collapsed in less than 2 minutes, taking the lives of more than 1000 workers and injuring more than 2500 in what is considered as the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

According to recent International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, globally nearly three million workers die every year due to work-related accidents and diseases, an increase of more than 5 per cent compared to 2015.

This situation is aggravated by intensifying climate change and with it, the impacts that it has on workers all over the world. In fact, 1.2 billion jobs or 40 per cent of the global labour force are at risk because of environmental degradation and workers in developing countries with a large informal sector workforce, inadequate OSH regulations and highly physical jobs are particularly vulnerable.

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