Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments

Ministry of Labour and Employment

Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

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Status of Safety Assessment and Remediation, May 2018

After Rana Plaza incident on 24 April 2013, National Tripartite Action Plan for Building and Fire Safety was adopted and under that initiative, BUET was engaged in conducting building assessment (structural integrity, fire and electrical safety) with a target of covering 1500 factories. Besides national initiative - Accord on Fire and Building Safety (Accord) and Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety (Alliance) – two alliances of international buyers – have also undertaken building assessment (structural integrity, fire and electrical safety).

Assessment Status

Following are the status of safety assessments by National Initiative as of 16th March, 2016.

  • Number of RMG factory got inspected till date:1549
  • Number of factory have received reports (full/partial, hard copy/soft copy): 1549
  • Number of factories have Corrective Action Plan (CAP): 1549
  • Number of Active Factories which are being followed up by DIFE: 809

Remediation Status

Of the 809 national initiative factories undergoing follow-up by DIFE, 107 are reported to have fully remediated

422 factories remediated more than 50% and 111 factories have remediated more than 80% of the compliance issues identified in CAPs. In all, 29% of CAPS related to structural safety, 31% related to electrical safety and 27% related to fire safety have been addressed, as per factory reports submitted to DIFE. (Figures are as of March 2018).

 

Review Panel Actions

A total 150 factories were referred to Review Panel. Out of 150 factories 39 factories were closed, 42 factories located were partially closed and 69 factories were allowed to operate with some recommendations.

Sensitization of Factory Owners

Owners and representatives of 754 RMG factories under the national initiative have taken part in sessions (total 26) organized by DIFE to sensitize employers on the process of remediation.

Status of Building Safety Assessments - 16 March 2016

After Rana Plaza incident on 24 April 2013, National Tripartite Action Plan for Building and Fire Safety was adopted and under that initiative, BUET was engaged in conducting building assessment (structural integrity, fire and electrical safety) with a target of covering 1500 factories. Besides national initiative - Accord on Fire and Building Safety (Accord) and Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety (Alliance) – two alliances of international buyers – have also undertaken building assessment (structural integrity, fire and electrical safety).

Assessment Status

Following are the status of safety assessments by National Initiative as of 16th March, 2016.

  • Number of RMG factory got inspected till date:1549
  • Number of factory have received reports (full/partial, hard copy/soft copy): 1549
  • Number of reports uploaded to DIFE website (full set): 1633
  • Update on CAP: DIFE has received 300 CAPs with some error out of 1549 factories and resend for the correction. DIFE already approved 5 CAPs for the implementation.
  • Common factories of Accord-Alliance:
  • Number reported by Accord          : 1368
  • Number reported by Alliance        :   829
  • Total                                        : 2197*

*2197 includes at least 164 common factories, exact number of double-counting is unknown. 

 

Review Panel Actions

A total 150 factories were referred to Review Panel. Out of 150 factories 39 factories were closed, 42 factories located were partially closed and 69 factories were allowed to operate with some recommendations.

Accord and Alliance have already published some of the reports which are available at their websites: AccordAllianceSummary Reports of safety assessments conducted are published here.

Number of RMG Factories by District

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* Factories in EPZ are not included.

Number of RMG Workers by District

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* This summary is based on the number of workers reported during the data colelction of each factory.

Factories by Accord, Alliance and BUET

 

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* This report is based on the factories identified in this database. Accord has published a list of 1639 factories (March 2014) and another updated list of factories (1619) in April 2014. Alliance has published a list of 770 factories. Not all factories in Accord and Alliance list could be matched with this list as factories located inside EPZ are not under jurisdiction of DIFE. The matching of listings is ongoing.

Contact

Md. Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan
Additional Inspector General (Additional Secretary)
Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments
[icon name="icon-home"] BFDC Commercial Complex, 23-24 Karwan Bazar (2nd & 3rd floor), Dhaka 1215
[icon name="icon-phone"] +88-02-55013627 
[icon name="icon-envelope"] addig@dife.gov.bd

DIFE Cordially requests Factory Owners, BGMEA, BKMEA and the officials of DIFE to send information about the published database on DIFE website if there is any correction update in any field such as Factory Name, Name of owner, Number of workers Member ship factory registration and others. Please contact us through this e-mail: dig.general@dife.gov.bd or through written application.

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