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H&M leads efforts to improve factory safety in Bangladesh


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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 21, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    About 15 years ago, the Department of Labor had a program that sent safety and industrial hygiene specialists to Bangladesh to help them in their industrial safety and health programs for employee safety. However, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then and the governments of both countries have been sidelined with 3 different administrations and varying priorities. We used to have some of those industries in that building in our country but didn't move safety and health protection when our businesses went overseas. Engineering controls don't necessarily save dollars for employers. Employees are not necessarily a valued product in some countries and shaving off processes save money for us to buy our products cheaper. We don't have to worry about those worker's health care and unemployment costs nor the other aspects of those products that come to our country. In a lot of cases, the environmental processes have improved in our country but those countries where our products come from don't necessarily have better rivers, forests, and runoff.