About Garment Manufacturing Facilities

The manufacture of garments is an important part of society with economic, environmental, and other impacts. Manufacturing garments and apparel can involve cutting fabric, sewing, and finishing the garments so they are ready to be worn. All garment businesses must follow rules to protect the environment and the health and safety of workers.

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The Garment Inspection Program permits and inspects garment manufacturing businesses for sanitation and worker health and safety requirements. The requirements are in place to control the possible spread of infectious disease and to ensure adequate safety protections for workers. The program also responds to reports of problems at garment manufacturing and commercial laundry facilities and conducts routine inspections.

The Garment Inspection Program permits and inspects all garment manufacturing businesses in Los Angeles County, except for those located in the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena, or Vernon. Those cities each have their own health departments. contact the local health department.

Garment manufacturing establishment

Any place, building or structure, room or portion thereof, where apparel, garments and accessories are cut, sewed, assembled, embroidered, silk screened, or otherwise made, decorated, or finished, from fabrics and similar materials. This includes suits, coats, work clothing, and other furnishings; outerwear and undergarments; hats, caps and millinery; fur goods; miscellaneous apparel and accessories.

Garment manufacturing establishment includes any place, building or structure, room or portion thereof, where graders, pattern makers, and sample makers of fabrics and similar materials are located.

Garment Manufacturing Complexes

Garment manufacturing complexes are buildings that house two or more garment manufacturing businesses. These buildings are inspected for compliance with general sanitation, maintenance, vermin exclusion, and building access requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, inspection of restroom facilities, hallways, stairways, waste collection, and exit ways.

Report a Problem

Workers and the public can report problems at garment manufacturing facilities by calling Environmental Health at (800) 777-9995 or file a complaint online. Environmental Health will not ask you about your immigration status and you can file a report without giving your name.

You can report to Environmental Health if your garment industry workplace does not:

For help with other employment issues, such as fair wages, breaks, and more, contact the California Labor Commissioner at 320 W. 4th Street, Suite 450, Los Angeles 90013 or call (213) 620-6330. You will not be asked about your immigration status and interpreters are available to help you.

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