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Updates

Update Safety Training Programme
Update Safety Training Programme

# 1365 Safety Committees have been trained to address and monitor workplace safety till date.

# Safety Committee Training Progress (June 2020- July 2021)

SCST statistics quarter wise (Jun 20- Aug 20, Sept 20- Nov 20, Dec 20- Feb 21, Mar 21-May 21, Jun 21 & Jul 21)


 


- All Training (Training # 8) completed at factories {563 up to 31 August 2020}, {687 up to 30 November 2020}, {883 up to 28 February 2021}, {1058 up to 31 May 2021}, {1084 up to 30 June 2021}, {1102 up to 31 July 2021}.
- Factories where SCST yet to commence {290 up to 31 August 2020}, {290 up to 30 November 2020}, {253 up to 28 February 2021}, {263 up to 31 May 2021}, {263 up to 30 June 2021}, {263 up to 31 July 2021}.
- Factories less than 8 Training session completed {743 up to 31 August 2020}, {619 up to 30 November 2020}, {460 up to 28 February 2021}, {281 up to 31 May 2021}, {275 up to 30 June 2021}, {263 up to 31 July 2021}.

# All Employee Meeting & Informational Session Progress (June 2020 to July 2021)

AEM temporarily suspended due to pandemic COVID-19 and no progress has been made since (March 2020 in Accord Periods) June 2020 in RSC.

- All Employee Meeting - 01 completed at factories {1205 as of 31 July 2021}.
- All Employee Meeting - 02 completed at factories {978 as of 31 July 2021}.
- All Employee Meeting - 03 completed at factories {308 as of 31 July 2021}.

# RSC Trainer’s Facilitation @ Safety Committee meeting (June 2020 to July 2021)


- Safety Committee Meeting sessions completed at factories {49 from June to August 2020}, {278 from September to November 2020}, {394 from December 2020 to February 2021}, {95 from March to May 2021}, {32 at July 2021}.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person Safety Committee training sessions and All Employee Meetings (AEMs) have been suspended at covered factories in March 2020. Where factories resumed production, remote Safety Committee trainings have been conducted via teleconference. Through these remote sessions, the trainers distribute to factories informational materials on COVID-19 prepared by the WHO and the Government of Bangladesh.

The RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) has informed the Accord that a plan is currently being developed for the potential resumption of the AEMs whereby the presentations would be made in the work areas of the factory rather than separately congregating workers in one location. This plan will fully consider whether it is adequately safe for the factory’s workers and the RSC employees.

Functioning Safety Committees are key to ensuring that factories become – and stay – safe workplaces.
Safety Committees:

  • Conduct factory inspections to identify safety hazards;
  • Respond to workers’ health and safety complaints;
  • Actively communicate about safety and health issues to workers;
  • Review company accident reports to learn how such accidents can be prevented;
  • Aim to meet regularly, at least once every three months.

Highlights of the Safety Committee and Safety Training (SCST) Programme 8 Session Safety Committee Training Curriculum The RSC Safety Committee and Safety Training (SCST) programme currently consists of 8 Training modules. The training modules are developed for the factory’s Safety Committee members. The training sessions address the Safety Committee’s role in monitoring factory remediation, identifying safety hazards, handling health and safety complaints, and protecting workers’ right to Freedom of Association in relation to protecting their own safety. As part of the training, the factory Safety Committee together with the Accord trainer conduct walk-throughs of the factory to identify actual or potential safety hazards such as inadequate use of machines, obstacles on the work floor, or poor ventilation and lighting. The Safety Committee further supervise the remediation of these safety issues.


Highlights of the Safety Committee and Safety Training (SCST) Programme 

8 Session Safety Committee Training Curriculum

The RSC Safety Committee and Safety Training (SCST) programme currently consists of 8 Training modules. The training modules are developed for the factory’s Safety Committee members. The training sessions address the Safety Committee’s role in monitoring factory remediation, identifying safety hazards, handling health and safety complaints, and protecting workers’ right to Freedom of Association in relation to protecting their own safety.

As part of the training, the factory Safety Committee together with the RSC trainer conduct walk-throughs of the factory to identify actual or potential safety hazards such as inadequate use of machines, obstacles on the work floor, or poor ventilation and lighting. The Safety Committee further supervise the remediation of these safety issues.

3 All Employee Meetings

During All Employee Meetings, factory production is halted, and a presentation is given to every worker and member of management on site. The members of the Safety Committee are introduced to the workforce and information is provided on how to identify and reduce common safety hazards, how to safely evacuate the factory in case of fire or other emergencies, and how to use the Accord Signatories’ Safety & Health Complaints Mechanism. At the end of each meeting, the workers receive a booklet reiterating the information presented. You can view the booklets at these links: Booklet for workers I / Booklet for workers II / Booklet for workers III.
 

Ongoing Support

To ensure that the Safety Committees are meeting their obligations on factory level safety, the Committees are provided with ongoing support such as the facilitation of their regular meetings. Wherever possible, the Safety Committee is fully involved in the monitoring of the implementation of RSC safety requirements that may emerge from any factory inspection.

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