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Working Conditions

Health Clinics

Gildan provides frontline healthcare to all of its employees in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh through fully equipped medical clinics at each of our manufacturing facilities. The medical clinics operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While focusing on workplace-related health issues, our medical team, composed of 37 doctors and 71 nurses worldwide are also often called upon to provide such services as pre-natal care and vaccinations.

Employees visit the medical center in the event of a minor injury or accident. However, our medical staff also provide consultations and general treatment for health issues such as sudden headache, fever, diarrhea, respiratory and gastric symptoms or diseases, and general health awareness.

In 2016, more than 144,000 visits were recorded at our on-site medical clinics in Central America and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, there were more than 34,000 visits recorded in Bangladesh.

Our medical clinics provided a wealth of services in 2016. For instance, over 13,400 employees in Honduras were vaccinated against influenza, hepatitis B and tetanus, free of charge.  Moreover, 180 employees and 68 children in Honduras received vitamins and dewormers. Furthermore, as part of our hearing loss prevention program, over 3,700 audiometric tests were performed in Honduras, more than 3,000 in Nicaragua and 350 in the Dominican Republic.  

As part of our preventive healthcare activities, facilities in Nicaragua organized two vaccination campaigns, at no cost, for nearly 600 employees. In addition, more than 120 employees were tested for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) to detect active tuberculosis infections (TB), and more than 200 blood sugar tests were administered.

In addition to basic health care services, all pregnant employees are eligible to receive medical advice related to their pregnancy through maternity workshops offered by Gildan’s on-site medical staff in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. At most of our facilities in Central America and the Dominican Republic, employees who register for this workshop receive training on various topics, such as:

  • Special care for pregnant women;
  • Exercise techniques to facilitate birth;
  • Caring for newborns (hygiene and preparing the home for baby’s arrival); and
  • Breastfeeding techniques.

Our medical teams receive regular training to address specific needs in the regions where they practice. In 2016:

  • 22 doctors and 20 nurses have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • 20 doctors and 14 nurses have been trained for Gildans’ “Shoulder School” and/or “Back School” ergonomics programs
  • 11 doctors have been trained in Occupational Health
  • 17 doctors are certified to perform audiometric tests
  • 12 nurses learned about hearing conservation

In 2010, Gildan partnered with the Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social (IHSS), to open a drugstore adjacent to the clinic at our Rio Nance complex in Honduras, to benefit all employees working at there. Throughout 2016, the drugstore filled more than 146,000 prescriptions issued by our doctors, which represents over U.S. $490,000 worth of medicine offered at no cost.  

Moreover, over $357,000 worth of medicine was provided to our employees in Bangladesh, free of cost, whereas employees in Nicaragua received 13,800 medical interventions and over 25,700 prescriptions were issued there in 2016.

  • Health & Wellness

    The health and wellness of employees is a social priority at Gildan. We have many programs and initiatives in place across our entire organization to help manage employee health and wellness. 

    Training and work-related stress management measures are available to all of our employees in North America and Barbados through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is offered to employees on a voluntary and confidential basis, free of cost. This service provides guidance to employees and their families, and gives them the opportunity to talk to professionals when dealing with workplace challenges or personal issues (e.g. bullying and harassment, work-life balance, marital problems, eldercare issues, family stress, and legal counseling).

    Similar to the EAP, family counseling is available to employees at our Central America locations. In addition, we also provide several localized initiatives to promote health and wellness at each of our operating locations.