The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today issued its Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry High-Level Assessment Report, an independent review of Alliance efforts to improve worker safety conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland (UMD). The press release – which includes a link to the report - and a summary of NFPA recommendations to the Alliance with the Alliance’s resulting activities can be found below:
IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT: BASIC FIRE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
This independent impact assessment report is prepared by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health on the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’s (Alliance) Basic Fire Safety Training Program in Bangladesh. A research team consisting of faculty and graduate students from UTHealth led this study by conceptualizing and designing the study, collecting and analyzing the data, and describing the findings.
This is a seminal report on workplace health and safety of Bangladesh’s garment workers. The findings make a major contribution to our understanding on the knowledge, awareness, and experience of garment workers on the prevalent workplace hazards and existing workplace practices, policies and programs, and how these have impacts on their health and safety. It highlights the different safety barriers that Bangladeshi garment workers face in their workplaces. Addressing most of these barriers is very much within our reach.