Month: January 2019

Ignoring workers’ safety—a recipe for disaster

The lack of any medical facilities in or around the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate which poses severe threat to the health and safety of around 1.29 lakh workers employed in the leather industry, is simply unacceptable. In October, when four workers at the estate suffered from serious acid burns, they had to be transported to…

61pc workers suffer health issues: study

Due to unsafe work environment at most of the leather processing units across Savar, workers are facing various occupational health and safety crisis, according to a study. The study, based on interviews of 105 workers with more than eight years of work experience, revealed that around 93 percent of them did not receive any training.…

Savar Tannery Estate: High hazard yet little safety

A barrel of sulphuric acid accidentally tipped over at a factory in the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate on October 3. The acid burnt four workers. They had to be taken to the burn unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital nearly 20 kilometres away. Amid the awful city traffic, it took four hours to get them…

Hazaribagh to be turned into planned township

The Hazaribagh tannery industry site that had long been subjected to rampant pollution would be regenerated as a modern township with 45 residential high-rises and civic amenities, according to top officials of Dhaka’s development regulator Rajuk. The 65-acre area — now abandoned following relocation of tanneries to Savar and earmarked as an open space in…

Work on CETP at Savar Tannery Estate to complete soon: Minister

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Tuesday said the work on the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Savar Tannery Estate will complete soon for smooth management of solid waste. He came up with the remarks when a delegation of Bangladesh Tanners’ Association met him at his office. Mentioning that the leather industry has a…

Made in Bangladesh. The truth about the social and environmental impact of leather tanneries

When in April 2017, under international pressure the Bangladeshi government forced over 150 tanneries to move from Hazaribagh, a neighbourhood in the old part of the capital Dhaka, to a new area outside the city, in the Savar district, many were convinced that things were going to change. But regardless of all the premises and promises, Bangladeshi tanneries – which make…