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85% of Bangladesh factory repairs complete

Bangladesh

Garment factories under the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have completed 85% of all required repairs, in its fourth year of operating.

The alliance has reported that 80% of high-priority repairs have been made, while 234 factories have completed their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

It has suspended 162 non-compliant factories.

Over the past year it has also established democratically elected worker safety committees, which give workers a voice in monitoring safety issues, at 171 factories.

More than 1.4 million workers have been trained in basic fire safety, and 1.3 million have taken part in refresher courses.

Nearly 27,000 security guards have been trained in fire safety leadership, while nearly 20,000 have received refresher training.

The alliance was formed in 2013 as a legally-binding, five-year commitment to improve safety at Bangladeshi factories, following the Rana Plaza disaster earlier that year.

Alliance executive director Jim Moriarty said: “Our factories are demonstrably safer today than when the alliance began – and the hard work that factory owners have undertaken since 2013 is now paying off, as hundreds of factories are reaching CAP closure.

“This achievement represents a starting line for these factories, for whom maintaining rigorous safety standards must remain an ongoing priority –and we are committed to transitioning our program in a way that paves the way for sustainable progress beyond 2018.”

Last year the alliance partnered with the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on a graduate-level short course on safety management for Bangladesh engineers, which began in May 2017.

Its confidential worker hotline, Amader Kotha, can now be accessed by more than 1.3 million workers across 941 alliance and non-alliance factories.

 

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