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Status Inspections Programme
Status Inspections Programme

This section represents the total number of inspections the RSC has conducted. The RSC inspection programme consists of Structural, Electrical, Fire & Boiler safety inspections. The RSC carried out 2,900 inspections among the total 48,826 inspections till 31 July 2021.

  • RSC engineers conducted 213 initial inspection among total 6,614 initial inspections.

  • RSC engineers conducted 2,687 follow-up and other safety inspections during RSC period among total 42,212 follow-up and other safety inspections.

Following the initial inspections, the factory and the brands are tasked with developing a Corrective Action Plan (CAP), which details timebound remedial actions (based on the severity of the findings) for completion. Follow-up inspections are conducted to monitor the remediation and verify that corrective actions have been completed correctly. Each factory is inspected approximately once every four months.


1,640 inspected RSC-covered factories,among which,  

During RSC period (since 1 June 2020 up to 31 July 2021)

  • Initial inspections: 210

  • Follow-up inspections: 1,611 (27% structural inspections, 44% electrical inspections, 30% fire inspections)

Total Initial and follow-up inspections (since 2013 up to 31 July 2021)

  • Initial inspections: 4,910

  • Follow-up inspections: 33,487 (21% structural inspections, 40% electrical inspections, 39% fire inspections)

Targeted inspections

In addition to regular follow-up inspections, RSC engineers also conduct targeted inspections, including the following:

-> Testing & commissioning verification inspections (T&CVIs) to verify that the installation of the fire detection and protection systems has been completed, as indicated by factories in their CAP. During this inspection, the engineers utilise specific guide sheets to ensure that all components of the system are functioning adequately. In an effort to increase the number of factories that ‘pass’ the T&CVI – meaning that the fire systems are found to be adequately installed to standard and fully functional, the Accord introduced in May 2019 Pre-T&CVI on-site documentation and equipment reviews at factories. The goal of such a pre-T&CVI on-site review is for the engineers to determine whether the factory is ready for a full functional T&CVI.

-> Negative suction non-compliance-related inspections. T&CVIs conducted in early 2018 revealed that approximately a third of covered factories had installed the pump of the fire protection/hydrant/ sprinkler systems using negative suction, which is non-compliant with the RSC inspection standard (NFPA). RSC engineers have since conducted visits at the covered factories to identify solutions to resolve the negative suction situation, such as installing a vertical turbine fire pump or changing the position of the water reservoir vis a vis the fire pump.

-> Boiler safety inspections. Between 2018-2020 the Accord ran a Pilot Boiler Safety Programme at Accord-covered (now RSC-covered) factories. Initial boiler safety inspections conducted at 20 covered factories revealed significant boiler safety hazards, including non-compliant or missing boiler components/parts and a lack of certification. The boiler safety findings have been included in the factories’ CAPs. Boiler safety is being integrated in the RSC’s inspection and remediation programme, which means that all covered factories will receive boiler safety inspections.


  Targeted inspections

Accord period

RSC period

Total

  Escalation

136

67

203

  Factory Remediation Fund

0

56

56

  Immediate Concern

19

5

24

  Negative Suction

297

0

297

  Post Incident

5

21

26

  Safety Complaint

47

24

71

  SCWT Finding

1

0

1

  Closure

272

66

338

  DEA

120

143

263

  Pre-T&CVI Review

355

377

732

  T&CVI

339

205

544

  T&CVI Final Verification

2

74

76


The safety remediation is no longer monitored at factories in the following cases:

  • At supplier factories that have been made ineligible for business with Accord company signatories (RSC participating brands) as a result of failure to participate in the RSC prescribed Safety Programme. 

  • At supplier factories that are no longer covered under the RSC programme and have been transferred to the Government of Bangladesh

The engineering, training and complaints-handling teams often work together to ensure that factory owners complete the remediation and that newly found safety hazards are fixed under the supervision of the factory Safety Committee.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the on-site safety inspections were suspended between March – September 2020. The RSC resumed inspections in September 2020. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus among its staff and at the inspected factories, the RSC has implemented several changes to the usual inspection procedures, including direct transport of the engineers to and from the factories, and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Given the large number of factories requiring inspections, the RSC is prioritising inspections to verify the remediation progress at the factories meeting the following criteria:

  • Factories with 100% initial findings progress rate requiring final verification of CAP items.

  • Factories requiring a (pre-) testing & commissioning inspection to verify that the fire detection & alarm system and/or fire suppression system are functional and installed to standard

  • Factories with outstanding life-threatening safety hazards / major remediation delays

  • Factories requiring on-site verification of their (Detailed) Engineering Assessment / structural remediation

  • Factories that had recently been listed by signatory companies and require initial inspections

Based on the above, the Inspection Priority Category Table is established


Inspection Priority Category Table

1

Inspections related to Industrial Accidents and Safety Concerns

2

Factories ready for recognition: 100% initial CAP pending verification, FADS/SUPS already Corrected or ready for full T&CVI/Final verification, and Structural remediation completed or ready for retrofitting verification

3A

Factories ready for pre-T&CVI

3B

Factories ready for full T&CVI, but not at 100% PV

4

Factories with key remediation outstanding/major delay: In Stage 1 with PV items, in Stage 2 where all NC timelines have passed, Special Escalation Inspections, and factories with Immediate issues outstanding (IP) or Safe Egress issues outstanding (IP)

5

Initial inspections

6

Structural priority factories: waiting for DEA verification, waiting for retrofitting verification, structural evacuation cases, or Structural items PV and Document status is Accepted

7

Other special inspections: FRF, OSH complaints/verification

8

Factories in linked buildings, compounds, or extensions to other priority factories

 

Inspections are scheduled at the covered factories meeting these criteria only if the factories have provided adequate documentary and pictorial evidence that adequate safety measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus are in place and maintained at the factory.


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