Abstract: Industrial factory facilities for small manufacturing enterprises such as sewing cooperatives are of scarcity in South Africa. In this study 83 sewing cooperatives in Gauteng province participated and these cooperatives rely on space consuming processes to deliver their output. All these cooperatives are contracted to supply school learners’ uniforms to the Gauteng Department of Social Development. An identified problem is that these cooperatives work from facilities which present risks and hazards to their workers on daily basis and they also do not have basic first aid kits and some facilities have unsatisfactory exit points. Inspection, close monitoring and risk management advisory for manufacturing cooperatives should be among the key focus areas for labour inspectors in South Africa and also for funders need to consider safety risk management issues as part of their criteria.