Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Bangladesh garment factory safety inspections to begin
Bangladesh garment factory safety inspections to begin
22
Nov '13
Inspections of all export-oriented Ready Made Garment (RMG) and knitwear factory buildings in Bangladesh will start from 22 November 2013.

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will assess the factory buildings that are not part of Alliance or Accord, both for structural integrity and fire and electrical safety.

This was decided at a meeting of the National Tripartite Committee (NTC) on 21 November 2013, chaired by Labour Secretary, Mr. Mikail Shipar.

The Committee comprising of the key stakeholders in the RMG and knitwear industry, including key Government agencies, employers (BEF, BGMEA and BKMEA) and trade unions endorsed the harmonized minimum standards against which the building assessments will be carried out. Representatives of Accord and Alliance were also present in the meeting.

The decision follows the joint development and finalization of the standards at an ILO-facilitated workshop earlier this month by technical experts of the three initiatives: Accord, Alliance as well as BUET on behalf of the NTC.

“The agreement forms a major breakthrough which will help ensure the safety of all workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh and prevent tragic events like Tazreen and Rana Plaza from happening again. No worker in Bangladesh should die because of unsafe work places,” said Labour Secretary Mr. Mikail Shipar.

Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan, Director General, Fire Service and Civil Defense, Mr. Shahidullah Azim, Acting President of BGMEA, Mr. Mohammad Hatem, First Vice President of BKMEA, Mr. Farooq Ahmed, Secretary General, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), Dr. Wajedul Islam Khan, Member Secretary, National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education, RAJUK, PWD, BUET senior professors and representatives from concerned ministries attended the meeting.

The NTC was formed to implement the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Building and Fire Safety in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. The aim of the National Tripartite Plan of Action is to take comprehensive action to prevent any further loss of life, limb and property through workplace fires and related incidents in the RMG industry.

Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Country Director, ILO expressed satisfaction with the result of the meeting. This adoption of safety standards and harmonized guidelines is a significant development to improve safety and working conditions in garment industry in Bangladesh, said Mr. Reddy.

We will continue to facilitate and support the efforts of the government, employers and workers organizations to improve working conditions and advance workers’ rights, as part of ILO’s  ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Ready Made Garment Sector Programme.  The Working Conditions Programme, launched on 22 October 2013, is supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

International Labour Organization

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Jan 2017

Government considering 100% FDI in single brand retail

The Government of India is looking at allowing 100 per cent foreign...

Courtesy: Walmart

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Jan 2017

Walmart to create 34,000 new jobs in the US

The world’s biggest retailer and also the biggest US private sector...

Courtesy: UN Department of Public Information

Textiles | On 18th Jan 2017

World economy expanded by just 2.2% in 2016: UN

The world economy expanded by just 2.2 per cent in 2016, the slowest...

Interviews View All

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Pratik Bachkaniwala
Palod Himson Machines

Fabric processing machines are picking up

Sonia Agarwal
Whitenife

‘The terms eco-friendly and organic are common but everyone perceives them ...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
January 2017

January 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search