Zero discharge of hazardous chemicals

Published:  12:17 AM, 21 November 2018

Denim Expert joins hands with ZDHC Foundation

To ensure the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing process, Denim Expert Limited has joined with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation. ZDHC Foundation, a Netherlands based organisation, worked to enable brands in the textile, apparel, and footwear industries to implement chemical management best practices and advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by collaborative engagement, standard setting and implementation.

The main goals are set to eliminate priority hazardous chemicals in products and their manufacture, implement a transparent screening process to promote safer chemistry. Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited Mostafiz Uddin said, "Denim Expert Ltd is committed to ensuring sustainability. Joining the ZDHC is a part of our commitment."

"Being a member of the ZDHC, the Denim Expert will make sure that the raw materials and chemicals we use for manufacturing are absolutely harmless for not just the end users, it is harmless for the workers as well as environment, said Mostafiz.  Under the guidance of the ZDHC Foundation, Denim Expert Ltd has adopted various initiatives to ensure the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in its production process.

These initiatives include the establishment of traffic signals in the chemical store-room to aid in the safe storage of chemical product, mandatory use of protective gloves when handling chemicals and introduction of a chemical compatibility chart to ensure safe storage of chemicals and highlight their risk factor.

The other steps include visible posting of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) enabling close follow-up of chemical use, installation of the appropriate ventilation and temperature control in the chemical storage area, Clear labelling on all chemicals following ZDHC guidance, strict adhesion by all employees to the chemical inventory list and allocation of a designated area for chemical waste disposal and treatment.

Meanwhile it also established of an emergency response plan, with any potential chemical spillage being monitored by a specially trained technical representative. With its membership of the ZDHC, Denim Expert has join more than 24 signatory brands, 59 value chain affiliates, and 15 associates including Adidas, Benetton, BURBERRY, C&A, COOP, ESPRIT, Gap Inc, G-STAR RAW, H&M, INDITEX, Jack Wolfskin, Lbrands, LEVI STRAUSS and CO, LI-NING, MARKS and SPENCER, Hugo Boss, Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Target. These brands and value chain are collectively working together to support implementation of safer chemical management practices.

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