This page provides resources to apparel and footwear companies to use as they work to improve fire safety in their supplier factories around the world. The information provided here is a compilation of resources and initiative relating to fire safety. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will update the page as new resources become available. The below list is merely a compilation of publicly available resources and initiatives and is intended for information purposes only. Unless otherwise noted, AAFA does not endorse any of the resources or initiatives listed on this page.
Index of Resources
Bangladesh Worker Safety Resources
AAFA's Product Safety and Compliance Seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Other Worker Safety Resources
Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiatives
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety was founded by a group of 17 North American apparel retailers and brands who have joined together to develop and launch the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative, a binding, five-year undertaking that will be transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable with the intent of improving safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) factories. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is a supporting association.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety In Bangladesh
The Accord establishes a five-year fire and building safety program in Bangladesh which aims to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
The Sustainability Compact
The European Union, the Bangladeshi government, and the International Labor Organization have launched the Sustainability Compact, which seeks to improve labor, health, and safety conditions for workers, as well as to encourage responsible behavior by businesses in the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh.
National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh
Under the auspices of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Bangladesh government, the Bangadesh workers, and the Bangladesh factory owners came together to develop and implement a National Action Plan (NAP) to improve worker safety in Bangladesh.
Fire Safety Film Project
In 2011, in response to the horrible tragedy at the Hameem factory in Bangladesh in 2010, a group of brands and retailers created “The Fire Safety Film Project,” producing two films, and collateral material (posters, a manual), aimed at improving fire safety at factories in Bangladesh. Links to download the two films and the posters are provided below.
“Ar Agun Noi (No More Fire)” – This film, intended to raise workers’ awareness, is shot in the form of the dramatic soap operas popular in Bangladesh. The 17 minute film uses actors and is shot in a real factory environment. The goal for the film is to raise awareness about fire safety amongst workers.
Direct download (.wmv, 74MB) >> (right-click, "save link as")
“Akhoni Shomoy (Now is the Time)” – This film, intended to raise management awareness, is based on interviews with the Fire Service, Civil Defense, owners, workers, and other stakeholders. The 15 minute film is intended to raise awareness about fire safety and a safe factory set up for factory management at all levels.
Direct download (.wmv, 69MB) >> (right-click, "save link as")
Click each thumbnail for a larger version. Note: These images are not suitable for high quality printing. For the full resolution file, download a .zip file containing all the posters here.
AAFA's Product Safety and Compliance Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh
In 2012 and 2014, AAFA hosted conferences in Dhaka, Bangladesh on compliance issues, including worker safety. Speaker presentation and topics are available on our events page:
2012 AAFA Product Safety and Compliance Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 AAFA Product Safety and Compliance Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Other Worker Safety Resources
A quick list of other resources available on fire safety. None of these resources have been endorsed by AAFA.
WRAP Fire & Worker Safety Training
Fire and worker safety training program for factories from the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) program. The WRAP training, which has been running for over two years, is focused on factory mid-level managers and fire captains as well as on line workers.
(PowerPoint on program / WRAP fire and worker safety in Bangladesh)
FLA Fire Safety Initiative
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has launched an initiative targeted at educating and training suppliers on 39 core competencies to increase worker safety and prevent factory fires.
ICTI CARE Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Guide
The toy industry program for factory fire safety. Program was created in 1996.
International Compliance Group (ICG) Fire Safety Factory Assessment
Comprehensive Fires Safety Audit.
Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISCVT) EHS Academy
ISCVT's Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Academies. ISCVT is has secured seed funding to establish an EHS Academy in Bangladesh.
Center for Reflection, Education and Action (CREA)
(Fire safety training program)
Sumera’s SaFE Assessment
One-day review of supplier factory to assess: 1) structural condition of the building; 2) fire safety risk; and 3) state of electrical systems.
Sumera’s Factory Fire Safety Management Training
One-day Training on fire safety procedures, fire prevention measures, and fire precautions.