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Data Set Description

G2LM|LIC - Occupational Health and Safety: The Role of Information and Financial Linkage Logo

The intervention was carried out in October 2017. A baseline survey was conducted prior to the intervention in 2017 and two follow-up surveys were carried out in December 2018 and end of 2019. In addition, a special follow-up survey of the workers was carried out in January 2021 following the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak to gauge their wellbeing.

The project implemented a cluster randomized trial with 2,451 firms in 1,356 markets in Bangladesh. The markets are located in 79 sub-districts in 20 districts. All firms are in the light engineering sector, which is one of the largest sub-sectors of SMEs in Bangladesh.

The treatment group comprised of 1,172 firms and 1,279 firms were in the control group. Randomization was done at the market level. The randomized trial comprises of two treatment arms. The first treatment arm (T1) involved 597 firms. and provided five days of intensive occupational health and safety (OHS) training to firm owners (or managers).

The owners or managers received a 5-day training based on the OHS module. The training included information on the use of safety measures and videos to demonstrate safety awareness for owners, managers, and workers. It also covered topics such as fire and accident risk, working hours, and water and sanitation. Additionally, personalized sessions were provided to address any potential safety hazards in the working environment in each firm. In the second treatment arm (T2), the firms received the same OHS training as the firms in T1.

The second treatment arm (T2) involved 575 firms and provided the same OHS training as well as an additional nine days of training on business management and financial linkages to the firm owners (or managers). In addition, firms in T2 were provided with business training and financial linkages. The business training was done in 3 sessions, and each session took 3 days. The business training covered marketing, accounting, business planning, and cost structure. The program focused on assisting with financial linkages and value chain development. The materials also sought to improve skills in project development, decent work and sustainable business development, and knowledge transfer.

The ultimate goal of the business training was to enable entrepreneurs to start a new business or expand their existing ones.

The surveys undertaken in 2017-2019 also include workers’ characteristics such as workers’ age, occupation (foreman, skilled worker, or apprentice), monthly salary, daily hours, experience in the workshop, and experience in the occupation. This information is collected in all three rounds, although the data provides only a repeated cross-section of workers and does not allow to link the same worker over time.

Date Created: 2022-03-24

Scope of Data Set


Time Periods: October 2017 - January 2021


G2LM|LIC - Occupational Health and Safety: The Role of Information and Financial Linkage, 2017-2020. Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC). Version 1.0. doi:10.15185/glmlic.399.1

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Restricted Access

  1. Islam, Asadul (Monash University)
  2. Triyana, Margaret (Wake Forest University)
  3. Xia, Xing (Yale-NUS College)

Cross section survey data
Longitudinal survey data
Firm-level data
Qualitative data
Field Experiment


Personal Interview, Experiment


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