Alliance launches training for RMG factory security guards

Staff Correspondent

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of North American retailers, on Monday launched a safety training programme for factory security guards in an approach to protect the lives of readymade garment workers.
Security guards can play a leadership role in ensuring safe evacuation during a fire by clearing pathways and exits, supporting fire brigades and assisting with worker evacuation, the Alliance officials said at a news conference held at its office at Gulshan in Dhaka on the day.
Alliance managing director M Rabin said the critical need for the training was exposed with the fire incident of Tazreen Fashions Ltd factory on November 24, 2012.
During the blaze in Tazreen Fashions factory, workers were unable to escape due to locked exit, he said.
Rabin stressed on changing attitude of the factory owners about the safety issues. ‘Fire may catch in a factory but a guard cannot lock the exit,’ he said.
Sabina, a survivor of the Tazreen Fashions fire, said many of her colleagues were burnt to death in the Tazreen blaze as the exit was locked.
The safety training programme will be implemented through third-party trainers and security guard companies, specially qualified for the training.
Elite Force, Security Link, G4S, Securex and Shohag Security Service will be included in the training process.

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