Fire Safety a Key Focus in SA8000 Revision
The SA8000 Standard and Guidance revision will provide considerably more specifics on fire safety.
March 11, 2013
The SA8000 Standard and Guidance Document are currently being reviewed and amended, a revision process conducted every 5 years. Similar to the 2008 SA8000 Standard revision process, extensive multi-stakeholder consultations and review will take place. SAI invites your feedback and participation.
Fire safety will undoubtedly be a key focus in the upcoming revision - as part of the 'Health & Safety' element and provisions in the Management System element. Already major changes have taken place. As a result of a series of tragic fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh, SAI and SAAS in their respective roles have each undertaken a deep look at the entire system and each identified, and decided upon, extensive revisions and changes. SAI is the owner of the SA8000 Standard and SAAS serves as the oversight accreditation body for the SA8000 certification system.
On October 9-11, 2012, SAI convened its semi-annual multi-stakeholder Advisory Board meeting. Five key areas for improvement to the SA8000 system were defined and prioritized:
Based on the Advisory Board recommendations, SAI contracted with SAAS to further investigate, design and implement system changes in the five key areas listed above. These specific changes have been made by SAAS.
Fire Safety Training and Capacity Building to Enhance Auditor Competency:
SA8000 Audit Quality Control:
Auditor Competency & Training - Oversight and Activities by and within the CB Structure:
Minimizing the Risk of Corruption:
In April 2013, SAI will issue a public report about Ali Enterprises, system-wide actions that have been taken and implications for SA8000 certification. The report will describe the process behind the changes to the SA8000 Guidance and potential changes to the SA8000 Standard going forward.