Experts want correct implementation of national chemicals directive

The government should ensure the proper implementation of the national chemicals directive for the local textile and clothing industry to boost exports, experts said today.

They spoke during a discussion on the “Draft National Chemicals Management Guidelines for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Bangladesh” organized by the Ministry of Commerce at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the capital.

The directive is expected to be implemented successfully, Asif Ashraf, director of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said at the event.

Buyers have different requirements to ensure safety, and local garment manufacturers will need to build their chemical management capacity, he said.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German government, is helping the Ministry of Commerce develop the directive.

The directive aims to protect workers from the dangers of chemicals, prevent or reduce the incidence of chemical-induced illnesses and injuries, and improve the protection of the general public and the environment of Bangladesh.

According to the draft directive, the directive would apply to any professional activity in the manufacture of textiles and ready-made clothing in which chemicals are used, regardless of the size of the economic activity.

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