The Bangladeshi government and representatives of Bangladesh employers' and workers' organisations have signed an integrated National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity (NTPA) in the garment sector.

The plan brings together the the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety in the RMG Sector, which was signed in response to the Tazreen factory fire and the Joint Tripartite Statement, adopted on 4 May in the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

The integrated NTPA identifies activities that the partners agree fall within their individual or collective responsibility and need to be implemented to ensure an integrated approach to promoting fire safety and building integrity in Bangladesh, in particular in the ready-made garment sector.

Key activities include assessing the structural integrity and fire safety of RMG factory buildings, strengthening labour inspection, worker and management training and awareness of occupational safety and health and worker rights and rehabilitation of disabled workers.

Implementation of these activities will be monitored by a High-Level Tripartite Committee, which will be chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Committee will review and update the Plan of Action as necessary, including for activities to be carried out this year and in 2014 and 15; and develop ways through which other stakeholders can support implementation of - and coordination with - the integrated NTPA.

"It is vital that we address fire safety and structural integrity in a coordinated manner," said secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Mikail Shipar.

"This plan of action brings together two sets of important commitments by the Government and employers and workers organisations, which will consolidate the momentum for improvements in RMG factory safety in Bangladesh."