The Life and Building Safety program aims to improve worker safety in the ready-made garment industry by effectively identifying and remediating the most pressing risks related to fire, electrical, and structural building safety and evacuation. LABS does this through developing a single country based, coherent and consistent life-safety program to assess factories and provide a framework for monitoring mitigation and remediation.

Under LABS, in addition to applicable country laws, factories commit to adhering to a harmonized, country level standard around fire, electrical and building safety. To bring this about, together with technical experts and local stakeholders, LABS is working on the following:

  • The development of a Harmonized Reference Standard for the countries in which LABS operates
  • A root cause analysis of building safety risks
  • The development of an assessment and remediation methodology for the application of the Reference Standard
  • Growing a vetted and trained pool of local experts for assessments, drafting CAPs, and remediation

For effective monitoring of the program’s progress, LABS is working with Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC). Together with FFC, LABS is creating a database to support the onboarding of and service provision to factories, as well as monitor progress and gather the information for the public reporting of LABS.

Corrective Action Plans (CAPs)

These plans guide the remediation in the instances where the measures in place fall short. The plans identify areas of mitigation, which are supported by the program and monitored via an IT platform for consistent follow-up. The program will actively monitor the factories’ needs in order to facilitate their efforts to implement CAPs.

Local Ownership and Capacity Building

Community and local ownership of the program is critical, and therefore roundtables will be established. These roundtables address education, public policy and enforcement.

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