Uses

This Guide can be used as a supplement to enhance chemicals management performance and reduce risks to your organization, customers, workers, and the surrounding environment. It is freely available and intended to be applicable to any type of manufacturer, with apparel, footwear and outdoor-specific scenarios included as appropriate.

This guide is not intended to specify any individual brand’s requirements. However, many brands have similar expectations for manufacturer partners, for example, that they have in place:

  • A dedicated person or team overseeing chemicals management.
  • A chemicals management policy.
  • A process to review chemicals prior to purchase.
  • A process for chemical inventory management that includes a chemical inventory list (CIL) of all chemicals on site and GHS compliant SDS for all processing chemicals.
  • EHS processes for assessing and controlling chemical hazards in the workplace and beyond (i.e. PPE, ventilation, hazardous waste).
  • A process to ensure regulatory and RSL compliance.

Manufacturers may find this guide useful in the following ways:

  • Facility managers may use to deliver targeted trainings/workshops on site (at facility) OR online (either independently, or in partnership with qualified 3rd party trainers).
  • Corporate-level managers (e.g. corporate social and environmental officers) may use to develop chemicals management strategy and implementation plans, and track progress/actions.
  • Manufacturers (e.g. T1) may provide to upstream manufacturers (T2, e.g. factory-sourced materials) as a key reference to guide improvements and track progress/actions.

Brands may find this guide useful in the following ways:

  • To provide to manufacturer partners as a key reference to guide improvements and track progress/actions in priority aspects of an overall chemicals management program.
  • To deliver trainings/workshops on site (at facility) OR online (either independently, or in partnership with qualified 3rd party trainers).
  • To educate/train brand staff who routinely interact with and visit facilities, e.g. product line managers, corporate social and environmental managers, etc.

Navigation

This Guide includes various tools to help develop and implement chemicals management programs. A description of the features and tools included in this Guide is provided below:

Icons

– Indicates an external link to another website.

– Indicates a sample text document such as a written policy, procedure, or template.

– Indicates an available checklist document.

– Indicates available presentation materials (typically a Microsoft PowerPoint file)

– Indicates available training activity files. These activities complement the presentation materials by providing case studies, scenarios, group work, etc.

– Indicates relevant Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) 3.0 indicators

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