The number of workers fainting in 2017 decreased 28 percent if compared with 2016, while incidents happened in 18 factories around the country.
According to a report from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) which Khmer Times obtained on Wednesday, there were a total of 1,160 workers who fainted in 2017, of which 1,159 of them were female.
The report added that instances of fainting workers occurred in 18 factories in Kampong Speu province, Phnom Penh and Kandal province.
“Both the number of fainting workers and factories where it happened last year decreased from 2016, when it happened in 22 factories and 1,603 workers fainted,” the report said.
Last week, Labor Minister Ith Samheng issued an announcement containing 11 guidelines in an effort to reduce the number of workers passing out.
“The Labour Ministry will take strong action through the Labour Law and other regulations against factory owners and directors who abuse these guidelines,” Mr Samheng said, adding that the ministry hoped they would comply with the announcement.
An officer from the Garment Manufacturers’ Association in Cambodia said it has been working closely with its members to reduce the likelihood of fainting.
“GMAC takes the guidelines seriously and will further disseminate this within our members. While we appreciate the guidelines, GMAC has long been active in this work as a member of the Labour Ministry’s committee for the study and prevention of fainting incidents since 2012,” said the deputy secretary-general of GMAC, Kaing Monika.