Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, in partnership with Accordia Global Compliance Group and in collaboration with several Pakistani trade bodies, will offer five fire safety training courses in Karachi and Lahore this month.

This will mark the first time that an international training workshop addressing the needs of fire safety and risk assessment is being organized in Pakistan by WRAP, an Arlington, Va.-based independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the certification of facilities engaged in lawful, humane and ethical production globally. The courses are meant to provide education on creating safe working conditions in export-oriented production units.

The sessions will focus on fire prevention and will cover a range of topics, including Pakistani fire laws, fire safety and protection, fire spread and combustion, routine fire prevention measures, effective response during a fire and risk assessment. Instructions on how to formulate an evacuation plan will also be included, along with practical fire-fighting demonstrations and an introduction to the internationally practiced “5 Step Risk Assessment Process.”

“The recent tragic fires in the region serve as sad reminders of how critical this issue is,” said Avedis Seferian, WRAP’s president and chief executive officer, noting the education series has also been offered in Bangladesh. “WRAP is dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing, and to helping factories prevent such tragedies from occurring.”

A factory fire in Pakistan in September killed more than 30 workers, while more than 100 people perished at a blaze in Bangladesh last month.

The day-long courses will be held in Karachi on Dec. 17, 19, 20 and 22, and in Lahore on Dec. 18. Registration details can be found at

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