Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd.
Two years ago today, the fire at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. garment factory took the lives of 112 garment workers and injured more than 200 more. It was one of the deadliest tragedies in the history of the Bangladesh garment industry and one that served as an important wake-up call about the need for urgent reforms. Today we remember the victims and extend our deepest respects to their families.
NEW FIRE SAFETY TRAINING LAUNCHED FOR GARMENT FACTORY SECURITY GUARDS
Tazreen Factory Fire Underscored Key Role of Guards in Ensuring Safe Evacuations
Dhaka, Bangladesh — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) today announced an important new initiative to protect the lives of garment workers by providing fire safety training to factory security guards. The course, aligned with guidelines produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will prepare guards to react effectively during fire emergencies.
ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY ENGAGES UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SAFETY TRAININGS
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that it has contracted with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to conduct an independent assessment of the Alliance basic fire safety training for garment factory workers in Bangladesh. The project team will be led by Dr. Hasanat Alamgir, a University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health associate professor of occupational health at the Program in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The team will conduct a research study to yield valid and reliable results, collect data through randomized surveys and focus groups from workers, and ultimately deliver a detailed report on the effectiveness of the Alliance worker training. This report will help identify areas of improvement as the Alliance training programs continue and expand the in the coming years.
BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER (BPC) ISSUES JOINT LETTER COMMENDING ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY ON ‘IMPRESSIVE’ RECORD
Alliance praised for efforts to protect, train and compensate workers; recommendations made for continued progress
Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2014) -- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) has made great progress toward protecting workers and improving garment factory safety, say former Senators George Mitchell (D-ME), Co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), BPC Senior Fellow, in a letter issued by the BPC to Alliance Independent Chair Ellen Tauscher.
Washington, D.C. – In a forum today to review progress of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) following its first year, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Co-founder George Mitchell and Senior Fellow Olympia Snowe announced findings indicating that the Alliance has made “significant and laudable progress” in the effort to improve safety in Bangladesh garment factories. Former Sens. Mitchell and Snowe were joined by Bangladesh Ambassador to the U.S. Muhammad Ziauddin, Alliance Board Chair Ellen Tauscher, key U.S. officials and Bangladesh labor leaders, Alliance leadership and other key stakeholders as findings from an independent assessment of the Alliance were announced.
Collaboration aims to protect employees and prevent tragedies due to unsafe working conditions
Washington, D.C. – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced an important partnership with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a recognized international leader in fire safety. The collaboration, formalized today in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both organizations, will empower Alliance Members, factories, workers and other stakeholders with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers in ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh.
Washington, D.C. - Alliance Board Chair Ellen Tauscher and NFPA President James T. Pauley sign important partnership to strengthen safety in Bangladesh garment factories.
As we mark the first year of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, we outline progress made on the ground to ensure that no garment worker in Bangladesh risks his or her life in order to make a living.
In just one year, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has made great strides towards building, fire, and electrical safety in the Bangladesh RMG sector. As evidenced by recent events, if factory management and workers do not work together and take fire safety and prevention seriously, lives can be lost. The Alliance is currently working with over 1 million workers in more than 600 factories on specifically tailored fire safety training programs, which is just the beginning of its five year factory remediation plan. Beginning with worker surveys on knowledge of fire safety, followed by intensive "train-the-trainer" sessions and in-factory trainings, The Alliance is already seeing results.
Fire safety is a joint effort, and when everyone works together and stays proactive, worker safety in Bangladesh is attainable.
One year ago, Bangladesh suffered one of the deadliest garment factory tragedies in history when the Rana Plaza building collapsed. In the weeks following, the magnitude of the disaster and its impact on victims and their families elevated a global conversation about one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time: protecting worker safety.
Everyone connected to Rana Plaza and the Bangladesh garment industry—in government, business, trade, labor and civil society—knew that this was a critical moment to mobilize the resources necessary to create change. The only appropriate response was to take collective action.