Thursday, June 13, 2024


Dhaka Tribune

RMG building manual finalised

Update : 28 Dec 2013, 06:53 PM

National Tripartite Committee (NTC) finalised a guideline for assessing structural integrity and fire and electrical safety of the country’s readymade garment buildings.

It was finalised at a meeting on November 19, which was presided over by Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar.

The meeting was attended by representatives from International Labour Organisation (ILO), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Fire Service Department, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures and Exporters Association (BKMEA).

The guideline is applicable only to the existing RMG factories, and those to come will follow Bangladesh National Building Code.

As per the guideline, minimum 25% of factory building rooftop will have to be kept open now. But gradually the whole rooftop will have to be made open.

The travel distance between persons in stairs will be maximum 60 metres while the minimum width of a stair will be 0.9 metre.

Sprinkler system is not mandatory and alternatives are adoptable.

The factories will carry out fire drill in every three months and the fire extinguishers must be placed at a distance of maximum 75 feet.

The staircases must be closed by swing doors and the doors will be fire rated.

No sliding and collapsible doors or gates are allowed and the exit stairs will smoke-proof.

The height from floor to ceiling in a building will be 2.9-3.2 metres. No vertical or horizontal extension of an existing factory will be done before inspection by the BUET team is completed.

“The guideline has been formulated to save the RMG sector and to ensure safety for the apparel workers,” said Mikail Shipar, adding that the buyers have supported it.

“This will be applicable only to the existing factories.”

The assessment has already been under way following the new guideline.

 “We have already assessed 120 buildings. Findings will be placed to the labour ministry soon,” said Mehedi Ahmed Ansary, coordinator of the inspection teams and a professor of Civil Engineering at BUET.

Accord and Alliance will inspect 1600 and 600 factories respectively while BUET team will inspect nearly 1,000 factories, he added.

Top Brokers


Popular Links