BGMEA taskforce launches safety check drive
A taskforce formed by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association to ensure safety compliance in factories started its inspection drive yesterday with visits to four factories.
The factories -- Bando Design Ltd, Starling Creation and Rose Dresses Ltd in Ashulia and Onus Garments in Malibagh -- voluntarily offered to be inspected.
The drive was attended by representatives from BGMEA, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Alumni Association and Fire Service & Civil Defence.
â€œWe want to ensure occupational health and workplace safety for sustainable development of the industry,â€ said BGMEA President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin.
The BGMEA, which has been under pressure from buyers after the Tazreen fire that killed 112 workers, is seriously looking into the matter of workplace safety.
The taskforce, formed on December 17, is due to visit all BGMEA factories to dig out flaws in compliance and designs of the buildings.
â€œInitially, we will visit ten apparel factories on a pilot basis to develop a detailed project plan,â€ Mohiuddin said.
Shah Alam Zahiruddin, a representative of BUET Alumni Association, said they are examining the architectural designs of the apparel factories during the inspection.
The panel from BUET will suggest a corrective measures if they find any flaws in the factory plan.
Zahiruddin, who is also an architect engineer, said they will give a report on structural designs after the completion of the pilot project.
The factory owners would then be given a deadline to rectify the defects.
A five-member team of fire-fighters will also check if the factories have enough fire extinguishers, water reservoirs, smoke detectors and required training for handling the equipments.
Debashis Bardhan, assistant director of Fire Service & Civil Defence in Dhaka, said they are satisfied at the fire safety measures at Bando Design, Starling Creation and the Rose Dresses.
â€œThese are modern factories, so they are relatively compliant.â€