Executive summary on Occupational Safety and Health in the Myanmar Garment Sector

The garment sector in Myanmar is one of the vital industries that supports the economic development of Myanmar and provides many job opportunities for the country’s workers. The sector is now estimated to employ a range of between 350,000 and 450,000 workers, 90 per cent of whom are women. The latest list from Myanmar Garment Manufacturer Association indicates that 518 factories are currently operational in the country.

The report provides a mapping of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) dynamics, stakeholders in the reviewed sectors, the insights into key OSH hazards workers face within factories and into the types of OSH management and investments undertaken by manufacturers in Myanmar, and a set of business cases for nine OSH investments by presenting possible returns that can be obtained from either a business or risk reduction viewpoint.