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Ministry issues flood safety guidelines for factories

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Garment workers wade through water after finishing work near flooded National Road 4. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Labour issued guidelines for factory owners yesterday to help prepare them for floods as Phnom Penh and other provinces have been hit hard by heavy rainfall.

The ministry has issued these guidelines so that factories avoid occupational risks and prevent accidents caused by floods.

It instructed owners to monitor meteorological forecasts and prepare safety guidelines and evacuation methods.

It said owners must cooperate and follow the instructions of the competent authorities and temporarily suspend production if there is severe flooding.

It also instructed owners to check their electrical systems and to turn the power off immediately if a factory is flooded.

“Pay close attention to chemical storage areas and keep chemical containers tightly closed to avoid spills which could affect the health of workers and nearby citizens,” it added.

The ministry also said that employees must follow the instructions of their employers regarding safety measures.

“They must cooperate with employers to prevent factories from flooding, and electrical wires coming in to contact with water,” it said.

While rescuing people in Dangkor district from floods yesterday, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng appealed to citizens and building owners to be careful with electricity.

Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia Secretary-General Ken Loo confirmed yesterday that numerous factories have suffered as a result of floods, although an exact number is not yet known.

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