LAHORE - The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), in collaboration with Accordia Global Compliance Group and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), has launched a one-day workshop to enable the whole textile value-added sector to get certified with the social and safety compliance so that Pakistani exports to the USA and European Union may not be affected. The day-long training programme was held on Dec 18, Tuesday at PRGMEA North Zone office. The officials from 1122 and civil defense, Ministry of Textile, International Labor Organization, Department of Labor were invited on the Certificate Distribution Ceremony.

PRGMEA Central chairman Sajid Saleem Minhas in his opening remarks said that there is need to change the mind set as importance of fire and safety cannot be overlooked. He also added that with a view to avoid such incidences in future, the focus of the industry should be the implementation of fire and safety rules and regulation by taking adequate measures for ensuring safety of their workers at their facilities to comply with the social and other requirements of their foreign buyers, He also mentioned that Association is endeavoring to ensure hundred per cent safety compliance and avoid any untoward incident. The safety training courses will remove the concerns of our international buyers on fire incidents and poor infrastructure of some industrial sectors in Pakistan.

He said that PRGMEA-ACCORDIA -WRAP will offer fire safety training courses first in North Zone’s Lahore office and later in Karachi in Dec 2012.

In this way Pakistani exporters can satisfy international buyers that strong measures are being taken to avoid fire tragedies in future, he pointed out.

PRGMEA central chairman said protection of workers’ health and safety is a fundamental right world over, stressing the need for avoiding fire incidents, as it may also lead to restrictions on Pakistani exports from the international buyers.

Mr. Minhas said that by the end of the Feb 2013, the program will be shifted to Pakistan Readymade Garment Technical Training Institute Lahore (PRGTTI) as a permanent feature for training around the year.

These courses will be highly beneficial to the industry by providing essential education on creating safe working conditions in export-oriented production units. He mentioned that that the sessions has focused 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.