Addressing Tragedies, WRAP Schedules Fire Safety Courses in Pakistan

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), in partnership with Accordia Global Compliance Group and in collaboration with several Pakistani trade bodies, will offer five fire safety training courses in Karachi and Lahore during December 2012.

Apparel manufacturing factory fires have made headlines in recent weeks. An inferno at a Bangladesh factory producing garments for a Walmart supplier killed more than 110 workers in November. And in September, more than 280 employees perished in a blaze at a Pakistan clothing factory.

These courses mark the first time that an international training workshop addressing the crucial industrial needs of fire safety and risk assessment is being organized in Pakistan by WRAP. These courses will be highly beneficial to the industry by providing essential education on creating safe working conditions in export-oriented production units. The sessions will focus on fire prevention and will cover a range of topics including Pakistani fire laws, fire safety & protection, fire spread & combustion, routine fire prevention measures, effective response during fire, and risk assessment. Instructions on how to formulate an evacuation plan will also be included, along with practical fire-fighting demonstrations and an introduction to the internationally-practiced "5 Step Risk Assessment Process."

"We have seen a lot of positive results with the fire safety training we developed for Bangladesh and are looking forward to launching this highly successful course in Pakistan. The recent tragic fires in the region serve as sad reminders of how critical this issue is. WRAP is dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing and to helping factories prevent such tragedies from occurring," said Avedis Seferian, WRAP's president and CEO.

The day-long courses will be held in Karachi on Dec. 17, 19, 20 and 22 and in Lahore on December 18. Registration details can be found here.

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