Supply Chain Innovation

Developing knowledge and skills to prevent factory fires

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Factory fires have killed thousands of workers all over the world for decades - even with today's advancements in technology and infrastructure, these tragedies continue to occur. Just last year, horrific fires in Bangladesh and Pakistan killed more than 400 factory workers. With the support of brands, factory managers and workers must be empowered to prevent fires and save lives.

On February 18, FLA hosted a daylong Fire Safety Workshop in Washington, DC, where representatives from global brands, universities, civil society and other organizations such as the U.S. State and Labor Departments, the National Fire Protection Association, the American Apparel & Footwear Association came together for an interactive discussion about existing gaps in fire prevention and safety, and to review the core knowledge and skills every factory manager and worker should have in order to develop comprehensive, structured fire safety programs at factories.

This week, FLA published a set of foundational fire safety competencies, which were developed for FLA by Dr. David Gold— a fire safety expert formerly with the ILO—with input from FLA affiliates and the National Fire Protection Association. Click here to download the competency list, and visit www.fairlabor.org/firesafety to learn more.  

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