Under the guidance of the ZDHC Foundation, Denim Expert has adopted various initiatives to reduce the discharge of hazardous chemicals during the company’s production process
Denim Expert Limited, an export oriented denim products manufacturer in Bangladesh, has recently joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation to implement best practices in chemical management, and eliminate its discharge of hazardous chemicals.
The main goals of ZDHC are to eliminate priority hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process of products, and implement a transparent screening process to promote safer chemical management.
Regarding the membership, Managing Director of Denim Expert Mostafiz Uddin said that joining the ZDHC, based in Amsterdam is a part of the organization’s commitment to ensuring sustainability and an environment-friendly manufacturing process.
“As a member of ZDHC, our company will ensure that the raw materials and chemicals we use for manufacturing are absolutely harmless for end users, workers and the environment,” added Mostafiz.
Under the guidance of the ZDHC Foundation, Denim Expert has adopted various initiatives to reduce the discharge of hazardous chemicals during the company’s production process.
The company has already established traffic signals in their chemical store-room to aid safe storage of chemical products, and made it mandatory to use protective gloves when handling chemicals. Additionally, Denim Expert has introduced a chemical compatibility chart to ensure safe storage of chemicals and highlight their risk factors.
Other steps include the visible posting of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), installation of appropriate ventilation and temperature control in the chemical storage area, clear labelling on all chemicals following ZDHC guidance, strict adhesion to the chemical inventory list by all employees, and allocation of a designated area for chemical waste disposal and treatment.
Furthermore, the company has also established an emergency response plan, under which, any potential chemical spillage is being monitored by a specially trained technical representative.
Following its membership of the ZDHC, Denim Expert has joined more than 24 signatory brands, 59 value chain affiliates, and 15 associates including Adidas, Benetton, Burberry, ESPRIT, Gap Inc, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss, Nike, Puma, and Target.
These brands and value chain affiliates are collectively working together to support implementation of safer chemical management practices.
The ZDHC Foundation, is a Netherlands based organization working to promote, govern, and oversee the implementation of the ZDHC program.