Ensuring safer commutes for garment and footwear factory workers

October 2, 2020

KANDAL, KAMPOUNG SPEU, and SVAY RIENG PROVINCE, Cambodia–September 29, 2020 – October 2, 2020

Road safety is an ever-present issue for factory workers as dangerous commutes become a part of  every day life. Garment and footwear factory representatives participated in a series of training sessions organized under the Commuting Safety for Cambodian Workers (CSCW) program. 

As road safety leaders, AIP Foundation demonstrated the importance of improving road safety conditions for factory workers in Cambodia, the dangers of drink driving, distracted driving, helmet use and the correct traffic laws at each event. Group discussions, brainstorming and role play were some of the methods used to provide a comprehensive, multi-faceted learning experience for workers and representatives from five factories across the Kandal, Kampoung Speu and Svay Rieng provinces.

The 53 representatives, consisting of workers, union representatives and factory management, were assigned to the Road Safety Working Groups (RSWG) in each factory as the primary mechanism to increase safety for factory workers. Training provided to the RSWG are the first of many, and taught to increase capacity of the groups so they are able to pass on crucial knowledge to the thousands of workers who risk their lives every day commuting to and from work.

The CSCW program, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Solidarity Center, was designed to reduce injuries and fatalities on the road focusing on  sustainable and long-term approaches.   

For photos from the training series, please click here.

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