A study on evaluating the status of current occupational training in the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh

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Essential to steel production in Bangladesh, the ship recycling industry has become a vital component of the country’s economy. After four decades of growth, Bangladesh continues to compete with India to lead the international ship recycling industry. In the Chittagong area, the ship recycling sector, and related downstream activities, provides employment and resources to nearby communities. Despite its profitability and income generation, poor working practices and low environmental standards tarnish the image of the sector at national and international levels. Numerous accidents and fatalities in ship recycling processes highlight the lack of adequate Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards. Seasonal migrant workers, many of whom unfamiliar with industrial settings, represent the majority of workers in ship recycling yards. Recruited by subcontractors, most of the workers in Bangladesh lack sufficient hazard awareness and basic safety requirements necessary to work in a ship recycling yard. For these reasons, as identified by the Bangladesh High Court and subsequent national rules, training of workers must be addressed in yards in Bangladesh. In this study, associated with the IMO-NORAD SENSREC project, existing conditions, solely about workers’ training, has been addressed, assessed, and compared in accordance with IMO’s Hong Kong Convention and ILO requirements, where detailed recommendations were provided to enhance OHS training in the yards.

LanguageEnglish
Pages41-59
Number of pages19
JournalWMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2019

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  • ship recycling
  • training
  • gap analysis
  • curriculum development

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In: WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 1, 31.03.2019, p. 41-59.

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