There is no detailed work undertaken into the various regulatory bodies, with the exception of the Inspectorate of Factories. As a result, except when some particular tragedy takes place (i.e the recent deaths of children from paracetamol adulteration, or launch capsizes) there is very little attention or pressure on these bodies to explain what they do, or how they do it and to improve the way that they conduct themselves.

The initial idea for this program emerged out of BLAST’s casework. We deal with many cases of compensation following workplace death and injury and are therefore constantly aware of the limits and inadequacies of the Inspectorates of Factories and Establishments. In addition, following a number of high profile buildings collapses and factory fires, we have filed public interest writ petitions against Government bodies including regulatory agencies. We are also about to file a public interest litigation concerning the failures of the Directorate of Drug Administration to regulate drug safety following the death of 24 children from the adulteration of paracetamol drugs.

Our work has led us to understand that there is a need for more systematic monitoring of regulatory bodies and for more systematic interventions, through litigation and advocacy, in this regard, at both national and international levels

Objectives

This project aims to increase awareness of the need to ensure safety and security in the workplace and at public places, through more effective functioning of regulatory bodies and facilitating access to justice for poor women, men and children in Bangladesh. It includes a particular focus on the provision of legal services including individual and strategic legal aid, and on advocacy for law and policy reform.

The specific objectives of the project are:

• To comprehensively identify government bodies involved in the regulation of worker and public safety (eg factories inspectorate),

• To collect standard information about each of the bodies (laws enforced, powers of inspection and enforcement, number of inspectors etc),

• To monitor systematically the current activities of each body, undertake a needs assessment of each body and engage in advocacy with policymakers, parliamentarians and employers and business groups for appropriate changes to law and policy to ensure that they are able to effectively ensure safety and security of women and men workers

• To undertake related public interest litigation to enforce statutory duties of these authorities,

• To engage with reporting to UN treaty bodies and special procedures to foster constructive dialogue with government on these issues

Partners

Safety and Rights Society (www.safetyandrights.org), an organization focuses on occupational health and safety, was the implementing partner. It has carried out the studies on the activities of regulatory


List of Regulatory Bodies

Enforcement body

Name of legislation

OSH Coverage

Md Aminul Islam
Chief Inspector
Inspectorate of Factories and Establishments
4, Rajjuk Avenue
Dhaka-1000
Fax: 9558179, 9555546 (0) 96755835®

The Bangladesh Labour Act 2006, The Dock Labourers Regulation 1948, The Factories Rules 1965

General OSH duties relevant to variety of sectors

Md Afrazur Rahman
Senior Information Officer
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry
Ph- 9571123
Ministry 7163639-43
www.emrd.gov.bd

Comment: No specific enforcing body under the ministry

The Mines Act 1923, the Consolidated Mines Rules 1923, and the Metaliferous Mines Regulations 1926

OSH duties relevant to all mind

Md Nurul Huda
Chairman
Rajuk
RAJUK Bhaban
Rajuk Avenue
Dhaka
Phone 880-2-9564577
E-mail chairman@rajukdhaka.gov.bd
9563591 ,9564577

Khondker Salahuddin
Chief Engineer
9559386
01730013908
Fax 7162786
E-mail chiefeng@rajukdhaka.gov.bd

Comment: Have a wing under a director, it has to be confirmed by phone to the chief engineer after Sunday

Bangladesh National Building Code 2006, Construction Act 1952

OSH duties relevant to construction of buildings.

Chittagong Development Authority (CDA)
Abdus Salam
Chairman
031-2852500
Rajshahi Development Authority: Chairman: Apurba Kumar Biswas

Khulna: Chairman Brig Gen Safiqul Islam 041-72059

Bangladesh National Building Code 2006
Construction Act 1952

Plant Protection Wing
Dept of Agriculture Extension (DEA)
Khamarbari Farmgate, Dhaka
Email: dg@dea.gov.bd
9140857, 9140850
www.dae.gov.bd
Inspectors appointed under the 1971 ordinances
DG Md Sayeed Ali

Pesticide Ordinance 1971, Pesticide Rules 1985

Duties relevant to the use, manufacture and transport of pesticides

Department of Explosives
Segunbagicha, Dhaka-1000
Md. Khairul Bashar
Phone: 02-9345258(off); 02-8124047 (res)
Fax: 880-2-8351821
E-mail: dhaka@explosives.gov.bd

Comment: Chief Inspector of Explosives Amir Hossain Sardar 9345258. Its under the Mineral Resources ministry

Explosives Act 1884, and Explosives Rules 2004

Duties relevant to the use, manufacture and transport of explosives

Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence
Director General
38-46, Kazi Alauddin Road
Dhaka 1000
9558880

Fire brigade Act 2003

Duties relevant to safety of workers from fires

Office of The Chief Inspector of Electricity and Adviser
Rezaul Karim
Adviser and Chief Inspector
24 Segunbagicha 5-6th floor, Dhaka
7110407, 9113121
7110406, 01713464627

The Electricity Act, 1910
See act http://www.powerdivision.gov.bd/

অর http://bdlaws.gov.bd/display_english_alp.php?alp=E

Directorate of Drug Administration
Director Generel
Brig Gen Md Ismail Hossain
105-106, Motijheel C/A,
Dhaka-1000.
9556126, 01711543555

The Drug Act 1940, http://bdlaws.gov.bd/print_sections_all.php?id=188 The Drugs (Control) Ordinance, 1982 http://bdlaws.gov.bd/pdf_part.php?act_name=&vol=&id=623

Maritime Surveyors

?? could not find out

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
1/12-A Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207 Fax: 8130102
Chairman: Dr Mossaraf Hossain
8141843, 9141766, PS to Chairman 9129975, 01716508981

Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control Act 1993 and its 1997 Rules

Duties relating to working with ionising radiation

Department of Environment
Poribesh Bhaban
E-16, Agargaon, Shere Bangla Nagar
Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
Director General(Incharge) : 88-02-9127882
01713031581
Director (Environment Management) :88-02-9136648, 01819258177

The Environment Conservation Act 1985 and its 1987 Rules

Duties relating to the disposal of waster

A. K. Fazlul Ahad
Director General
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute 116/A, Tejgaon Industrial Area Dhaka -1208.
Phone 880-2-8821462
E-mail: bsti@bangla.net ,
dg_ bsti@bangla.net
Fax 880-2-9131581

Director
Standard Wing
Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir
Phone 880-2-9898115
E-mail: bsti_std@bangla.net
Fax 880-2-9131581

Director
Chemical Testing Wing
Md. Akhtaruzzaman
Phone: 880-2-9894888
E-mail: bsti_ch@bangla.net
Fax: 880-2-9131581

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985

Duties relating to product standards and labelling

Office of the Chief Inspector of Boilers
75 Naya Paltan, Dhaka 1000
comments: under the commerce ministry

The Boilers Act 1923 and the Boilers Rules 1928

Duties relating to the safe use of boilers

Food Testing Labrotary under
Directorate General of Food
16, Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka-1000.
e-Mail : info@dgfood.gov.bd
Fax : +88 02 9558891, 9556067
URL : www.dgfood.gov.bd

May be related Food (Special Court) act, 1956. This act is found but it could not be say whether it is directly related to the labotary.

National Consumer Rights Protection Department (DNCRP) /Directorate of Consumer Rights Protection under the ministry of commerce
Bangladesh Secretariat, building 3 (ground 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor),
Director General Md Abul Hossain Miah Ph 9515211

Consumers Rights Protection Act 2008

The Inspectorate of Inland Ship
141-143, Motijheel C/A (*tth Floor)
Dhaka-1000
9558560 Email bdzahid@yahoo.com

Research

A legal survey was done among several regulatory bodies to identify the strength and weakness of each body and consider proposals for improving their performance >> survey report



Advocacy Meeting

Drawing on BLAST’s previous experiences, the project selected five core regulatory bodies with which to work namely, the Drug Administration, the Consumer Rights Protection Council, RAJUK (the Rajdhani Unnayan Kortripokkho, or Dhaka Development Authority), the Inland Shipping and the Inspectorate of Factories and Establishments. Consumer Rights Protection Act 2009, Bangladesh National Building Code 2006, Drug Law, Labour Law 2006, Inland Shipping ordinance 1976.

  • Meeting on the role of the drug administration in ensuring quality control of drugs [ Read more ]
  • Meeting with the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceuticals Industry on the uses and quality of drugs [ Read more ]
  • Exchange of Views’ meetings on the Consumer Rights Preservation Act 2009 [ Read more ]
  • Meeting on Protection against Launch Capsizes: Liabilities of the Authority and Public Awareness [ Read more ]
  • Meeting on `Measures to Prevent Riverine Accidents: Responsibility of the authority and public awareness’ [ Read more ]
  • Exchange View Meeting: Implementation of Bangladesh National Building Code 2006 (BNBC) [ Read more ]
  • Exchange View meeting with the print and electronic media on ``The Role of Media to stop publishing unapproved advertisements on drugs [ Read more ]
  • Meeting with the Compliance Officers to ensure the rights of Garments Workers [ Read more ]

During the project period, we received a number of requests to assist with complaints of medical negligence. BLAST referred a client to a Panel Lawyer for filing a civil suit for compensation.


The project has carried out media advocacy focusing on sectors such as construction, drug etc. News reports have been published in the national media as follows:

- Drug cos accused of enticing docs for sale of medicines, The Financial Express, 12 February 2011;

- Most pharma companies tempt doctors with ‘gifts’, The Daily Star, 12 February 2011;

- Most pharmaceuticals companies practice unethical drug promotion, The Independent, 12 February 2011;

- Most pharmaceuticals cos practice unethical drug promotion, The News Today, 12 February 2011;

- Occupational Hazard: Construction sites go untouched, The Daily Star, 13 April 2011;

- Cruel twist of fate: Bubbly little boy turns immobile while playing in front of under-construction house, The Daily Star, 9 February 2011;

- Deaths at building sites: Time to punish law breakers (Editorial), The Daily Star, 10 February 2011.

(need to create links to all the reports)



Current Campaigns

Judgment

For ensuring safety and security of construction sector the Honourable High Court has passed a landmark judgment on the enforcement of the Bangladesh National Building Code, 2006 (BNBC) [ Judement as PDF]




 

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