City mayor A J M Nasir Uddin inaugurated the fair on 23 May at 10 am.
Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, he said that such fair is initiated for the first time in the country. Nasir said that the main reason of workplace accident is lack of consciousness. It is the duty of owners to ensure workplace safety to stop workplace accident and death.
City mayor said that workers should be aware of their rights so that they can resist any sort of accident in workplace. If workers get united, the owners will be compelled to provide personal protective equipment.
Abdul Hai Khan, Deputy Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment hoped that such event would aware workers as well as owners regarding safety equipment.
BILS-DGB BW regional consultant Asia, Indira Gartenberg, Jatiya Sramik League general secretary Sirajul Islam, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain, BILS executive director Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, BILS-DGB BW Centre Coordinator A M Nazim Uddin, Jatiya Sramik League Joint secretary Md Shafar Ali, Trade Union Centre Chittagong president Tapan Dutta, BILS-DGB BW paralegal coordinator Rizwanur Rahman Khan and project coordinator Kohinoor Mahmood also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.
There were 14 stalls in the safety fair.
Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS, Chittagong City Corporation, BSRM, Chattagram Mohanagar Nirman Sramik League, PHP, CPDL, Chattagram Mohanagar Nirman Sramik Dal, Young Power in Action (YPSA), Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA), Ship Breaking Workers Trade Union Federation (SBWTUF), Imarat Nirman Sramik Union Bangladesh, Bismillah Marine Centre, Sanmar Properties Limited and Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment (DIFE) – participated in the fair.
A seminar was held on 23 May 2017 at Rajmukut Community Centre. At the seminar, Trade Union Centre Chittagong president Tapan Dutta presented the keynote paper on ‘Decent Work, Workers Safety and the role of Stakeholders’.
Another seminar on ‘Labour rights, compensation and social security’ was held on 24 May 2017 at Rajmukut Community Centre, Chittagong.
A cultural programme was held on 24 May 2017 at Rajmukut Community Centre, Chittagong. A cultural group led by Manosh Paul Chowdhury, Md Yakub, Ratan Sarkar and Maleka performed traditional Bengali song in the event. Workers enjoyed the cultural programme.