The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the platform of European fashion retailers and buyers, recently handed over the safety activities of 80 more readymade garment (RMG) factories to the country’s department of inspection for factories and establishments (DIFE), taking the total number of such factories transferred from Accord to 100.
Accord started the handing over process on October 24 with the transfer of 20 factories to DIFE’s remediation coordination cell. Accord Executive Director Rob Wayss handed over the documents of the 80 factories to DIFE Deputy Inspector General Mahfuzur Rahman in Dhaka recently, according to a report.
The documents include fire, electrical and structural inspection reports, record of all past follow-up inspections, latest Accord follow-up inspection report, latest updated corrective action plan (CAP), copy of recognition letter from Accord to factory on completion of initial inspections remediation, list of new finding in progress and timelines for remediation of same as set by the Accord, escalation status and any financial support received through the Accord Remediation Fund. The Accord has so far inspected more than 1,600 RMG factories.