WRAP’s Director of the Bangladesh Office, Saifullah Khawaja, is conducting fire safety trainings so often he’s become quite the professional.
Our 2012 training schedule has eight fire safety courses schedule for Bangladesh alone, of which two have been taught to date. On February 15, Khawaja taught the unique preventative course at the Sea Shell Hotel in Uttara, Bangladesh.
The fire safety training came to be as result of increased health and safety concerns in Bangladeshi apparel factories—WRAP staff saw a need and stepped up to help the industry.
The day-long course covers a review of Bangladeshi fire safety laws, the definition of a fire, fire awareness, combustion and fire spread, human behavior in a fire situation, the role of the fire warden, basic principles of risk assessment, routine fire prevention measures, model of evacuation, fire safety features and facilities, fire drills and pre-planning, fire-fighting equipment, a practical fire-fighting session, and a five-step risk assessment process. A full description of the course can be found on the website.
Overall, attendees at the February 15 training were impressed by the course. There is a growing awareness among Bangladeshi citizens of the importance of fire safety in apparel factories and the need to increase training and education on the subject.
“This training was very useful for me and I received sound knowledge from it. I will be able to apply this to the workplace,” said one attendee.
“It will be effective for me to utilize in my profession,” said another.
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