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Chemical Management in the Textile, Apparel and Footwear Industries: Good Practices

In order to develop a good chemical management in your company, one of the key element that you have to take into consideration is the knowledge of the chemical substances you are using.

Chemical Management in the Textile, Apparel and Footwear Industries: Good Practices

August 31, 2018

Having a precise and always updated chemical inventory can help you to prevent the use of hazardous and unwanted substances in the production process. You can choose the inventory form that better fits with your production cycle and implementation system, making sure that specific information are present, such as:

  • Chemical name
  • CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) number
  • Formulation
  • On-site amounts and used amounts (on a daily basis)
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Why should you always have an updated chemical inventory?

Your chemical inventory must always be updated and periodically submitted to audits in order to verify the correspondence between the listed substances and what is physically present in your facility.
You should identify one person in your team who will be responsible for the update and maintenance of the inventory.

The chemical inventory is the basis for setting up a risk assessment and verify the potential exposure to risk of your employees. This will also help establishing how you can protect them with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

How can UL support you?

UL experts can support you to define:

  • the best form for your chemical inventory
  • the rules for the update and maintenance
  • the audit frequency

In addition, UL offers safety in the working place consultancy.

Do you want to learn more about the good practices in chemical management?

Official ZDHC training can provide you with insights and details about chemical management and good practices. Join us or invite your supply chain!