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All factories to have infirmaries next year

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More than 80 percent of factories already have an infirmary. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Labour Ministry yesterday said that all factories must have infirmaries for staff from 2018 onwards.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the initiative would improve the welfare and safety of workers at factories and industrial enterprises.

“Based on a survey we did, most enterprises already created infirmaries, but there are still some that have not yet done so,” he said. “The majority of enterprises which have infirmaries help and take good care of our workers when they are sick, but some of the infirmaries are still lacking proper services for our workers.”

Mr Samheng said that so far, 88 percent of 1,007 factories have their own infirmary.

“I already reminded them that from 2018 onwards, each enterprise has to have an infirmary for the treatment of workers. If they do not have it, the ministry will take action through the Labour Law by fining them or filing a lawsuit,” said Mr Samheng.

According to the Guidelines for the Establishment of Enterprise Infirmaries, the infirmary must be located near the work place with easy access for patients, sufficient light, a good atmosphere, and far away from workplace noise, garbage, dust, smoke and foul smells.

Infirmaries at factories with more than 200 staff must have 20 beds. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The minimum size of the infirmary must be at least 20 square metres. For an enterprise that employs more than 200 workers, the infirmary must include at least 20 beds for patients, increasing at a two percent rate according to the number of workers.

The infirmary shall be run by a physician and assisted by one or more nurses, based on the number of workers.

During working hours, both day and night, there shall always be at least one male or female nurse present. The infirmary shall be supplied with adequate materials, bandages and medicines to provide emergency care to workers in the event of accidents or occupational illness or sickness during work.

When there are more than 200 workers, the infirmary must include, in addition to medicines and bandages, areas for hospitalising the injured or sick before they are transferred to a hospital.

Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, said yesterday that the government must continue its push for workers’ safety.

“The government has to push those companies or enterprises to create infirmaries for their workers. The ministry does not have the ability to set up all the infirmaries, that’s why they have to push to the company to do it.”

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