I posted earlier on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) initiative. This post is here.
Three groups are developing fire safety standards – the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, which is led by mostly European retailers; the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, led by Wal-Mart Stores and Gap; and the government’s own National Tripartite Action Plan.
In November 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.
Information on the contribution of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is here.
Per the review in the Wall Street Journal – “Among other things, it mandates that factory inspections must be carried out by at least two qualified inspectors with a minimum experience of five years each and a combined experience of at least 20 years. It details a “load map” that sets out the maximum number of machines allowed in a floor area. It also requires factories to install fire doors to prevent smoke entering stairwells in case of a fire, and prescribes a maximum distance of 25 meters (about 82 feet) between exits.”
Also per the Wall Street Journal – “The European accord is inspecting more than 1,600 factories, while the U.S. alliance is covering roughly 600 factories that supply its members. Bangladesh has approximately 5,000 garment factories, according to the national garment manufacturers’ association.”