The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is partnering with the US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to provide its member factories with information, guidance and access to fire safety training.

The move is part of ongoing work to protect the health and safety of workers in ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh.

"For too many years, the RMG industry has not taken enough measures to protect employees and prevent tragedies caused by unsafe working conditions or poor building construction," said Ellen Tauscher, Alliance board chair and former US congresswoman.

"Our partnership with NFPA will ensure our member factories will be guided by best practices used around the world and the most up to date standards for building and fire safety."

The four-year partnership aims to raise awareness of NFPA codes, standards and resources in the Bangladesh RMG sector, and will expand training and education in fire and electrical system safety for workers and management representatives.

Information to help workers recognise and prevent workplace hazards will also be disseminated at Alliance member factories.

"We hope these efforts will serve as a catalyst for the government and others who work in Bangladesh to strengthen their fire safety procedures within the garment industry and beyond," said NFPA president James Pauley.