Monthly Archive: May 2015

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…)

What We Learn Through Spot-Checks – the Good and the Bad

By Nurul Azam and Quamrunnessa Babli

With our use of a Train-the-Trainer model to implement the Alliance Basic Fire Safety Training, unannounced spot-checks are very important for ensuring that factories are following through with their commitment to train all workers. Through our training program, each Alliance factory nominates representatives (consisting of both workers and managers) to be trained as Alliance Fire Safety Facilitators, who are then tasked with training the rest of their workforce. The quality of the training therefore relies heavily on the skills of these fire safety facilitators and the support they receive from management to conduct the training according to guidelines. (more…)