For Immediate Release: March 2, 2015
Dhaka, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced the appointment of fire safety expert Mark Chubb to serve as chief safety officer. In this role, he will oversee fire safety operations and training in Bangladesh and guide remediation efforts in all factories from which Alliance Members source.
“Mark will ensure that the Alliance continues to bring world-class expertise to factory remediation and fire safety programs for Bangladesh garment workers,” said Alliance Independent Chair Ellen Tauscher. “His role as an advisor will be critical to factories from which the Alliance sources, as they ensure compliance with our strict standards.”
The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Independent Chair of the Alliance for Worker Safety in Bangladesh made the following statement concerning the ongoing political violence in Bangladesh. “On behalf of the leadership and the members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, I am calling upon the Government of Bangladesh and all political parties in Bangladesh to immediately agree to end the current political violence and resolve to address their outstanding concerns through peaceful dialogue.”
10,000 participants and 50 exhibitors participated in the largest safety expo in nation’s history
Dhaka, Bangladesh - The second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety - the largest gathering of fire and safety equipment vendors, factory representatives and other stakeholders in Bangladesh's history—kicked off December 7 in Dhaka. The event brought garment industry leaders together with leading international safety equipment vendors and experts to help increase access to the latest safety expertise, tools and technologies in Bangladesh.
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.
- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Annual Report
- Fighting Fire Through Training video
- One-Year Anniversary of Rana Plaza: Real Progress Underway, Work Remains to be Done
- Assessment Protocols For Initial Fire Safety and Structural Integrity For Existing Factories
- Workers’ Rights Remain at the Heart of Alliance’s Efforts
- Noted government, labor and international development leaders join Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Board of Advisors
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Opens its Doors in Dhaka