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28 Oct 2014

Alan Roberts, Executive director for intl. operations, Accord on Fire & Building Safety, in Guardian (UK)

The Bangladesh Accord factory audits finds more than 80,000 safety hazards

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Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh...recently completed the initial inspections at more than 1,100 factories covered under the agreement, within the agreed time line of end September 2014....More than 80,000 safety issues were identified that needed to be resolved. Many of the corrective actions such as reducing weight loads and adhering to load management plans are already being implemented and monitored...inspectors have also identified more substantial safety requirements such as installing fire doors and automated fire alarm systems, establishing fire protected exits from factory buildings, and strengthening of columns in the buildings....now that the inspections have been carried out, the next challenge for the Accord is finalising and implementing corrective action plans, which should happen in the coming months.