formal health and safety committees
with a health clinic on site
on our OHS policies and procedures
Occupational health and safety are a top priority for our management team. We recognize that our operations, and the manufacturing industry in general, inherently involve potential risks and hazards, and we have to manage these appropriately to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees. To ensure compliance with health and safety standards, our factories are subject to monthly audits conducted by in-house safety coordinators and auditors and third-party auditors mandated by various external stakeholders.
Health and safety committees
Formal health and safety committees, composed of managers, supervisors, and production workers, are established at nearly all Company-owned factories and many of our administrative offices and distribution centres. These committees meet once a month to review operational performance and discuss preventive measures at their respective locations. They also review any health and safety accidents that may have occurred during the review period, and they create recommendations for improvements.
Access to medical care
Access to high-quality, affordable, and consistent healthcare can be challenging in many of the areas where we operate. To ensure our employees receive the healthcare they need, we operate fully equipped medical clinics at our manufacturing factories in Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Bangladesh to give our employees access to free primary care. These clinics are staffed with well-trained doctors and nurses from around the world, accounts for more than 140 healthcare professionals that work directly for Gildan.
Our factories have built-in fire safety systems, such as fire control infrastructure, sprinkler systems, emergency exits, fire alarms, and other safety mechanisms, such as our fire and safety committees. In addition, all employees participate in regular fire and safety drills.
In Bangladesh, we made significant upgrades to our factory following its acquisition in 2010 to ensure that we could provide our employees with a safe and healthy workplace. In 2014, this facility underwent a rigorous third-party audit by the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord to ensure it had a proper building and electrical structure. Since then, members of the Accord have regularly visited the facility to ensure the proper completion of remediation plans.
In April of 2020, we mobilized a team of experts that developed and implemented stringent processes to protect our frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We implemented a strict biosecurity protocol at all of our Company-owned factories worldwide and continue to enforce them globally to this day.