Fire Safety Risk Assessment Techniques training centre in Bangladesh

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Fire Safety Risk Assessment Techniques

Introduction

The ready-made-garment sector in Bangladesh has expanded greatly over the past five years. Whilst exports have grown, there remains a lack of general understanding and awareness of compliance, and how to meet the demands of retailers. Despite willingness by factory managers to learn and apply good systems, some factory owners remain reluctant as not all their retail customers insist on adherence to a code of compliance; and for those that do, standards and codes vary.

The recent tragedy at Rana Plaza and Tazrin Garments along with others illustrated the lack of safety standards and structural stability of garment factories in Bangladesh, the worlds second-largest exporter of textiles. For organizations that source their goods from emerging regions, this event must place a renewed and urgent focus on three major risk areas. Factory managers cited fire safety equipment, structural changes and reorganization of production facilities as the main costs incurred. Structural changes in particular are a significant obstacle ** a large number of factories in Bangladesh are either rented and / or were not purpose-built manufacturing sites therefore making structural changes to ensure fire safety compliance can be difficult. The accumulation of recent incidents in Bangladesh causing more deaths and injuries proves the urgency of the outstanding demand for immediate and structural safety measures.

As per labour Law 2006 & Amendment 2013, Factories Rules 1979 along with Fire service rules fire risk assessment is a legal requirement to be carried out almost in all work premises where workers are working.

Under these law and regulations, the responsible person is legally obliged to ensure that the fire risk assessment is carried out and to deal with any problems that were highlighted during that assessment. The definition of the responsible person is typically the person who has primary responsibility for a premise. This could include facilities safety committee, managers, officers, owners of premises.

In multi-tenanted buildings, each tenant has to carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises, and coordinate it with the fire risk assessment that the building owner has carried out of their areas.

The fire risk assessment has to be carried out by a competent standard. However for buildings of any size or complexity, it is best to employ a professional fire risk assessor to carry the assessment out. But reality is that none of the facility has designated expert fire safety manager or officer even those who are responsible they does not have any idea or wide range of levels of expertise for fire risk assessment.

The Trainer Mr. Motaher Hossain has more than 19 years of experience in the field of Compliance and social Management system in the RMG industry level. From the inception of his career he was attached with many reputed national and international organization like-Intertek Bangladesh, ILO, SEDF (The World Bank Group)-BKMEA Compliance Project, IHRM, ALGI, ABS-QE, Eurocert and buying house and buyers. At the same time he is a social compliance Management System Specialist. He has received number of trainings from reputed national and international experts when he was in ILO in Dhaka Office.

He has completed a BSS (Hons) and MSS in Sociology from Dhaka University. He was associated majority times in International Labor Organization (ILO) and other international organizations. He is a certified Lead Auditor of SA 8000/WRAP/ISO 9001/OHSAS 18001/ISO 14001 and recently he worked with GIZ OHSAS 18001 project as a Team Leader for ten RMG industries in Bangladesh
Regarding the situation bdjobs.com has taken initiatives to enhance the knowledge and how to conduct fire safety risk assessment at workplace for RMG Industry.

Objectives of the training:

1. To build capacity for Fire Safety Officers, Social Compliance Officers & managers, Administration and HR Officers and Executives on risk assessment etc.
2. To build capacity of the factories on matter related to Fire safety
3. To develop proper safety risk management system
4. To Identify the strengths and weaknesses of risk assessment
5. Monitoring and follow-up
6. To disseminate experiences these experience to other exporting industry or any organizations.
7. And production enhancement through safe workplace development by conducting risk assessment

Methodology

Participatory training and orientation
Class room lecture
Reading materials
Role Ply and Group presentation
Practical audit in one factory
And video film show and a case study on Maternity Leave in RMG industry.

Contents of Training:

Day-1:

1. Legal requirements

2. Objective of risk assessment

3. Requirements of the risk assessor

4. Terminology/Glossary

5. What is a risk assessment?

6. How do you carry out a risk assessment?

7. Steps-1: Identify Hazards

8. Group Work on Fire Source

9. Step-2: Assess Hazards and Group work

10. Step-3: Evaluate, Remove, Reduce and Protect from Fire and Group work

11. Step-4: Record, plan, inform, instruct and train

12. Step-5: Review

13. Steps Cycle of Risk assessment

Day-2

1. Review of the first days training

2. Factory visit for practical risk assessment

3. Preparation for Group presentation

4. Implement Controls and Management System

5. Certificate Awarding Ceremony and Closing

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Arrangement for Certificate, lunch and two tea-break would be made by the Organizer during the workshop.



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