Inspections

Finding Electrical Hotspots Before They Turn Into Fires: The Role of Thermographic Scanning

Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense officials believe that a majority of fires in RMG factories occur due to electrical faults and malfunctions. For this reason, the Alliance places a high priority on remediating electrical hazards as a means of preventing disasters like those that have plagued the industry in the past.

Infrared imaging – also known as thermographic scanning – is the most effective tool available to our engineers for identifying urgent electrical risks. IMG_4608Unlike conventional cameras, infrared scanners capture radiation and produce images that show the relative temperature of electrical equipment. At a minimum, there are 40 types of electrical equipment that should be scanned (if found onsite), such as fuse boxes, water and vacuum pump electrical systems, and fan and coils panels. The greatest concerns arise when we see the largest temperature differential. Regular scans of all equipment should be done every few years, though the required frequency of this task may increase based on past incidence of hotspots. (more…)

Ready for the Challenges Ahead

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As the Alliance team has been busy preparing for the 2nd International Building & Fire Safety Expo, launching a training for security guards, and meeting with factories on how to remediate issues found through safety inspections, few are aware that we’re also about to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Alliance Dhaka office. We opened the office with six staff on December 9, 2013. Just one year later, our team has grown to a team of over 40 and we’ve doubled the size of the office – testament to both the work we’ve accomplished over the last 12 months and the work that still lies ahead. (more…)