Accord Announces Stephen Quinn as Chief Safety Inspector

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Quinn as Chief Safety Inspector (CSI). Stephen brings a wealth of applicable experience to the CSI post from his previous work with Lands Sterling in UAE and with various governmental building authorities in Scotland. His extensive work in building pathology, fire safety, structural analysis, and regulatory compliance is a strong match for the demands of the CSI position.

Stephen joins the Accord at an important time as we embark on the implementation of the 2018 Transition Accord. His focus in the CSI post will be to lead the Accord engineering team, to lead the completion of remediation at all Accord covered factories, to further develop adherence to safety standards in the RMG industry, and to support the technical capacity development of the National Plan of Action Remediation Coordination Cell.

Mr. Quinn will commence his assignment with the Accord on 10 June 2018 and will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Vacancy: Operations Manager

About The Bangladesh Accord
The aim of the Bangladesh Accord is to make the Ready-made garments sector in Bangladesh safe and sustainable, where no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable safety and health measures.

The Accord was established in 2013 as an independent, legally binding agreement between apparel brands and retailers and trade unions. It was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse that led to the death of more than 1100 people and injured more than 2000. The agreement was renewed in June 2017 with a successor agreement known as the Transition Accord. The Transition Accord will enter into effect in May 2018 and is set to expire on 31 May 2021, unless a joint monitoring committee (comprised of Accord company signatories, Accord trade union signatories, BGMEA, ILO and the Bangladesh government) unanimously agrees that a set of rigorous conditions for a handover to a national regulatory body have been met prior to 31 May 2021.

This new position of Operations Manager is a great opportunity to join an unprecedented initiative and play a key role in shaping the systems which underpin effective Accord implementation.
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