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Improving Occupational Health in Developing Countries: the Garment Workers of Bangladesh

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: ACB 110

The Office of Global Health (OGH) invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on issues impacting global health. Invited guest speakers will share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone is invited to attend. Free lunch will be provided to the first 40 attendees (Lubbock campus only!)

Improving Occupational Health in Developing Countries: the Garment Workers of Bangladesh

  • Hasanat Alamgir, PhD, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
  • Time: 12:00 noon CT
  • Location: ACB 100

Bangladesh has approximately 4,500 garment factories with more than four million workers and is the world’s second biggest exporter of clothing, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports. Bangladeshi women work in harsh conditions at the garment factories with minimal or no workplace health and safety regulations, programs, policies, or practices.

On November 24, 2012, a fire broke out in the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 117 people were confirmed dead and another 200 were reported injured. The following April, 1,034 bodies were recovered from the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight-story building that housed five garment factories. Two weeks later, eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory.

During this presentation, Hasanat Alamgir, PhD will discuss the implications of such factory disasters and the responsibility of the government and factory owners to ensure the safety of low-paid factory workers. Dr. Alamgir will also discuss the role of global retailers that outsource or subcontract services to factories in Bangladesh.

Dr. Alamgir is an expert in occupational epidemiology and intervention evaluation. He received his Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy from Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He later received a Master of Business from West Texas A&M University and a doctorate in Health Care & Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Alamgir’s research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating health interventions; assessing and mitigating workplace hazards; and workplace health and safety management.

Free lunch will be provided to the first 40 attendees!

This presentation will not be linked to the additional TTUHSC campuses; however, it will be recorded for future viewing on the OGH website.

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