Promoting health and safety in Accord-covered factories

Regular monitoring, support, incentives, and recognition to make factory safety sustainable.

Participation in Accord programs

Factories participate in Accord programs if they are supplying to any of the Accord company signatories. Factories can see which brands and retailers are signatories to the Accord here.

The Accord began a program in Bangladesh in 2013 (now implemented by the RMG Sustainability Council) and will begin programs in other countries according to the outcome of Feasibility Studies in 2021-22.

Accord programs will be tailored to the workplace safety challenges in each country and may include independent safety inspections, remediation support and regular monitoring, safety committee training, and a complaints mechanism for workers to raise safety concerns.

Working together for safe workplaces

How factories become part of the Accord programs

Factory disclosure

A list of all factories supplying to Accord signatories in countries with Accord programs is published on a regular basis:

Factory Disclosure - BangladeshFactory Disclosure - Pakistan

Inspections & Remediation

Independent inspections, timebound Corrective Action Plans, remediation support

Fire safety

Fire safety engineers inspect factories to assess the adequacy of fire prevention, fire containment, early warning systems, and safe egress in case of fire. Remediation often involves establishing and maintaining adequate exit routes, installing certified fire doors, constructing fire-proof separations, and installing, testing, and commissioning a fire alarm system and a fire suppression system.

Structural safety

Structural safety engineers inspect factories to assess the adequacy of engineering assessments, comparison of design drawings with the actual building, and adequacy of load management plans. Remediation often involves conducting a detailed engineering assessment, strengthening vertical or horizontal load-bearing capacity, and maintaining load management plans.

Electrical safety

Electrical safety engineers inspect factories to assess the adequacy of cabling and wiring in the factory, the capacity of staff to maintain electrical safety, risk or occurrence of hotspots, and fire risk from the accumulation of dust and lint around electrical components. Remediation often involves developing a Single Line Diagram to depict the electrical scheme of the factory, rewiring to reduce hotspots, training, and Personal Protective Equipment for electrical technicians, and preventing the accumulation of dust and lint around electrical cables.

Boiler safety

Boiler safety engineers inspect boilers to assess the condition, installation configuration, safety monitoring system, and operating condition of each boiler in the factory. Remediation often involves addressing calcium build-up, installing an adequate pressure monitoring system, correcting faulty wiring, and developing accurate technical data sheets.

Safety Committee and Safety Training

Training curriculum

Joint labour-management Safety Committees undergo a comprehensive training program covering their role in safety management, hazard identification, joint problem-solving, handling complaints, and ongoing safety monitoring.

Factory walk-throughs

The Safety Committee and 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 or lighting. The Safety Committee supervises remediation of these issues.

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 in the local language with the information presented.

Health and Safety Complaints Mechanism

File safety complaints

Accord company signatories provide workers at Accord-covered factories with a complaints mechanism and protect them against retaliation for utilising it. The complaints mechanism enables workers and their representatives to raise concerns about health and safety confidentially.

Complaints investigated

Complaints are investigated and the findings and remediation requirements are announced to all workers in the factory.

Resolution to complaints

Once a complaint is closed, a summary protecting the complainants’ identity is published on the Accord website in the interests of transparency regarding workplace safety.

Views from Accord-covered factories

Resources for factories

Technical resources

For factories undergoing RSC programs in Bangladesh, technical guidelines are available on the RSC website. For other Accord country programs, technical resources will be developed in due course.

Visit the RSC Website
Pakistan Accord Building Standard (Version 1) 

Explore the Pakistan Accord Building Standard ("Standard") that will be applied to inspect and ensure fire, electrical, structural, and boiler safety at factories supplying Pakistan Accord brand signatories. The Standard also covers the protection from storage, use, and handling of hazardous substances.

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Status of factories in Accord programs

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