Labour Inspectors' Training for the Textile and Garment Industry in Punjab

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Labour Inspectors of the textile and garment industry of the Punjab were trained in Lahore, Pakistan, by staff of BG ETEM and IAG.

Commissioned by GIZ and German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Cooperation Partners IAG of DGUV, ISSA, BG ETEM
Location Lahore, Pakistan
No. of Participants 20
Year 2015, ongoing

Context

The textile and garment sector is Pakistan's biggest industry and makes up the backbone of economy. Nonetheless, working conditions in this specific sector remain challenging: They are marked by poor workplace safety, child and bonded labour, a lack of dialogue between employers and employees and difficulties in counseling by the labour inspectorate.

Training Approach and Contents

A tailor-made pilot seminar was developed by IAG. Based on adult education methods, focus were put on exchange and networking solutions to trigger a Culture of Prevention and to foster a Vision Zero. Main contents of the seminar were:

  • Global guidelines and rules on Labour Inspection and occupational safety and health
  • Organization of workplace safety and first aid
  • Risk assessment and machinery, chemical and electrical hazards
  • Ergonomics and personal protective equipment
  • Social dialogue and awareness
  • Labour Inspection and prevention by networking

Outcome

The participants developed "7 Golden Rules for a Save and Economical Textile Production" tailored to particular needs in Pakistan. The Labour and Human Resource Department as the lead executing agency in Pakistan appointed two participants as "Seminar Ambassadors", who personally present the outcome to the Government in Islamabad.

Outlook and Sustainability

A follow-up training by IAG and BG ETEM is scheduled for early 2016 in Lahore, where the participants of the pilot put their knowledge into practice by accompanied factory visits.

Contact

Dr. Christian Bochmann
Tel.: +49 351 457-1140
Fax: +49 351 457-201140