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RMG owners alerted on fire safety norms
Apr '10
At an inter-ministerial meeting held with the Home Minister, Sahara Khatun, government alerted owners of garment firms of stern steps, if they lacked fire safety norms.

Occurrence of fire, in garment firms is observed especially during summers, and therefore reasons, causing it and solutions to solve were discussed during the meet.

State Minister for Home, Shamsul Haq Tuku informed, “We will shut down firms that fail to implement the necessary rules and ensure fire safety.”

Location of firms wherein fire fighters cannot enter, unavailability of water and the like, were few problems cited by Tuku.

Representatives of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), requested the government to enhance fire safety monitoring of garment firms.

Allowing them to bring in duty-free ambulances, fire fighting vehicles to further enhance their fire fighting capacity, were few suggestions made by both the above mentioned bodies. Implementation of setting up the proposed industrial police unit was also requested at the earliest.

Abdus Salam Murshedy, President, BGMEA pointed that there was no option to industrial police and intelligence units for combating fire incidents. More number of monitoring and training activities to check incidents of fire, along with increase in the number of fire stations in Gazipur industrial zone, was also given due importance by him.

Sahara Khatun informed that, while setting up of industrial police unit is at its final stage, suggestion to put up duty-free ambulances and fire fighting vehicles will be considered in the near future.

Twelve teams of Fire Service and Civil Defence Directorate, formed in 2003, were unutilised and hence, it was suggested that they be posted in the industrial zones, as daily inspection of fire safety norms was their responsibility.

Explaining their duty further, a home ministry official said that the teams would make sudden visits and in case a firm lacks the necessary fire safety norms then the same will be informed to BGMEA and BKMEA. These bodies will then take strict action against the firms.

Accessible rooftops with rooftop doors, company entrances, fire escapes and emergency gates to be kept open; no fabric or other flammable material to be found on factory floors and daily fire drills within the firms, were few of the decisions taken at the meet.

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