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The welfare of workers in the ready-made garment industry was debated in the Houses of Parliament.
Fashion Question Time was held in Portcullis House and was chaired by Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield.
The event, held on Monday 18 April, was arranged by Fashion Revolution and addressed by international development Minister, Desmond Swayne MP. Richard Jones, IOSH's head of policy and public affairs, was among guests.
It formed part of Fashion Revolution Week, which is being held from 18-24 April to raise awareness of the plight of people who work in fashion supply chains around the world, often in very poor conditions.
The title for the event was 'Women's Rights are Human Rights: Achieving Global Justice for Garment Workers'. It followed the format of BBC's Question Time programme.
Richard said: "IOSH was very pleased to support this important awareness-raising event."
The panellists were: Livia Firth, creative director of Eco Age; Antti Karhunen, head of unit for Private Framework Development, Trade and Regional Integration at the European Commission; Jenny Holdcroft, policy director at IndustriALL Global Union; Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister for International Development; and Allanna McAspurn, CEO of MADE-BY.
Fashion Revolution has arranged events across the world during this week. The week coincides with the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,100 workers were killed on 24 April 2013.
IOSH has recognised the steps that have been taken since the disaster to help safeguard those working in garment factories, but has urged that more needs to be done.
Richard added: "Three years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, it is vital to keep this on the public and political agenda. Good supply chain management should mean that no one is ever out of sight, out of mind.
"IOSH wants to see more transparency, better training for managers and improved human rights due diligence. We believe this will help save lives and also ensure that businesses are successful and sustainable."
The Safe Start Up guides, produced by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), are aimed at people who are setting up a new business or those with an already-established business who want to ensure they are meeting requirements.They provide generic cross-industry information on safety and health responsibilities, as well as sector-specific details.
Wilson Lambe MBE and James Cochrane were among the six original members who formed the Northern Ireland group of the Institution of Industrial Safety Officers (IISO), which later became IOSH.Their role in the branch’s formation in 1966, and subsequent dedication to the institution over the past 50 years, was recognised by IOSH during an evening of celebrations at Belfast City Hall on Friday 15 April.
The conference, taking place in Muscat, Oman, will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Manpower and feature high-profile speakers. It will focus on the role of leadership in creating safe and healthy systems of work. There will be updates on developments affecting the region and information on initiatives across the industry.Following the conference, the Oman branch will hold its annual general meeting, at which Neelesh Sogani will become its new chair, replacing Peter McNair.
Fictional firm ‘Scott Painters Ltd’ was fined £200,000 after a painter and decorator sustained serious injuries in a fall from a mobile tower.The event, held on Tuesday 12 April, was the conclusion of a four-part series organised by the Merseyside branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The mock trial was attended by safety and health professionals – who acted as the jury. The scenario described to them was that ‘Michael Johnson’ had been painting a high wall at a shopping centre.
EHS Map Private Ltd has given its backing to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign, calling it a “great initiative to help save people from work-related cancer”.It is one of more than 130 companies across the world that has signed up in support of No Time to Lose, while over 70 businesses have formally pledged to take direct action against occupational cancer risks in their workplaces.Dhaka-based EHS Map provides training and consultancy services in both Bangladesh and Singapore.
Shelley Frost, executive director of policy at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), said among the controls for employers to consider was preventing employees from exposure to harmful carcinogens which can cause cancer.Speaking on International Workers’ Memorial Day, she added that systems to prevent workers suffering from mental health problems are also vital for a successful business.Events are due to be held around the globe today to remember people who have lost their lives as a result of work.
A randomised control trial has found that office workers who use a standing desk alongside other interventions that encourage them to sit less and move around reduced their sitting time by an hour a day over one year.
A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has underlined the need for stronger OSH protections in response to the growing focus on psychosocial work to support wellbeing and productivity, changes to working practices brought about by COVID-19 and technological advances in the economy.