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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

Responding to the workplace tragedy in Bangladesh 

The National Safety Council is greatly saddened by the unnecessary loss of life in the recent factory fire in Bangladesh. At the end of November, more than 100 people died and many more were injured at the Tazreen Fashions garment factory outside Dhaka, in one of the worst industrial catastrophes in that country.

This tragedy is an important reminder of the extreme value of workplace safety. At NSC we encourage all companies to follow the Journey to Safety Excellence – a cycle of improvement that aims for a continuous reduction of risk and has as its goal zero injuries. We’ve learned from the best of the best --  such as our Robert W. Campbell Award winners and Campbell Institute Charter Members -- that leading organizations carry the same safety standards throughout their entire business chain.
“Leading edge companies in EHS, without question, include contractors in their safety programs and track those companies’ metrics as well,” said Jim Johnson, vice president of workplace safety initiatives at the National Safety Council. "Many of them are also working to address the supply chain.” Johnson said, “Injuries and fatalities should never be considered a cost of doing business.”
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