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8C.007 Improving the safety of vulnerable garment sector workers commuting to work
  1. Pagna Kim1,
  2. Linh PHAM1,
  3. Damon Rusdon1,
  4. Piseth IM1,
  5. Louise Goldman2
  1. 1AIP Foundation, Tuol Svay Prey I Commune, Boeung Keng Kang District, Cambodia
  2. 2Solidarity Center, Boeung Kak III Commune, Tuol Kork District, Cambodia


Context In Cambodia, more than 700,000 factory workers face unacceptable and preventable risks daily commuting to & from work. Irrespective of a number of interventions implemented to mitigate these issues, daily commuting safety risks for factory workers remain high.

Process Our recently completed pilot program focused on four key areas:

  1. Road Safety Management

  2. Vehicles & Modes of Transport

  3. Safer Infrastructure

  4. Safer Road Users

Our activities compliments Universal Road Safety Goals and aligns with the following UN SDGs:

  • Good Health

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

Our Program impacted 26,000 workers and drivers and engaged over 100,000 people through online campaigns.

Analysis Gathering data by various methods including worker and driver baseline and end-line KAP surveys, helmet observations and crash reporting facilitated evidence-based decision making and the evaluation of the effectiveness of the program.

Outcomes The Program has made tangible changes to the attitudes and behavior of workers and drivers. 85% of workers and 28% of drivers at targeted factories reported safer driving conditions. Reports indicate drink-driving among transport providers reduced by 22% and speeding reduced by 18%. Helmet-wearing at five factories increased by 24%. Passenger vehicle changes at 3 factories total 15 new buses and 30 new vans. Factories report a 77% decline in the number of crashes.

Learning Outcomes The success of the program confirms the effectiveness of our program model in improving commuting safety among workers in low and middle-income countries. Moreover, lessons learned provide opportunities for improvement and effective adaption to different contexts.

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