Cost-benefit analysis for GIZ Bangladesh

Cost-benefit analysis for GIZ Bangladesh 2017-01-31T13:58:33+00:00

Project Description

Scenarium undertook the first cost-benefit analysis of occupational health and safety (OHS) in a low-income country. It was based on a project conducted at a large shipbuilding yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s shipbuilding industry has flourished over recent years, influenced by low labour costs, an abundant workforce and coastal infrastructure. Arguably one of the most dangerous industries for a worker to be employed in, fatalities and serious injuries due to heavy machinery, hazardous working environments, dangerous materials and stress levels are particularly high. Low levels of education, knowledge or awareness of the dangers plus a lack of safety clothing or other forms of personal protection, and pressure and exploitation from management with little need to respect the law, add to many workers being injured and killed in the shipbuilding industry in developing countries.

While OHS measures decreased injuries, increased efficiency and brought security to workers’ families, the report shows that the high investments were difficult to offset with quantifiable benefits alone. Intangible benefits, including potential market expansion due to certification, were crucial in the cost-benefit analysis.

 

 

For further reading please see…

The original article as published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health – Quantifying the costs and benefits of occupational health and safety interventions at a Bangladesh shipbuilding company