Supporting sound chemical management

ZDHC CMS Framework

A sound chemical management system (CMS) supports worker safety and the reduction of environmental impacts within the community and the broader environment. The ZDHC CMS Framework, as part of a two-part process, provides the textile, apparel, and footwear industries with a united base to work from. It can be incorporated in a wider management system, such as an Environmental Management System (EMS).

The ZDHC CMS Framework is a high-level overview of requirements of a CMS. The scope of implementation, however, needs to be defined by each organisation and may range from only the organisation’s specific operating unit(s) to all parts of its value chain. The ZDHC CMS Framework can be adopted by brands, suppliers and facilities with the support of the Chemical Industry, Service Providers, and other supply chain partners.

Please note: The ZDHC CMS Framework is complementary to any regulatory, operational, or product requirements and shall be used to measure the success of an organisation’s own chemical management system.

ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide (coming soon)

The other part of the ZDHC Chemical Management System is the ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide, which will cover the implementation of a CMS in the supply chain. Whilst this document is still under development the Chemical Management Systems Guidance Manual can be used as a reference for information for technical facility staff and verifiers.

A Chemical Inventory template

A Chemical Inventory list (CIL) is a list of all chemical formulations kept or used in a facility. An organisation should have a robust process for creating and updating the CIL. We provide a template to help organisations in creating this valuable resource.

Having a well-run CIL assists with purchasing decisions. It also promotes responsible usage, pollution prevention, traceability and chemical handling decisions. A CIL also helps to control future disposal costs. As an example, tracking chemical storage may indicate excess chemicals are available in another facility, thus preventing unnecessary purchases.

The content of Chemical Inventory should include; the chemical commercial name, SDS information, identification numbers (CAS no.) of hazardous substances present, hazard information of the chemical formulation, conformance of the chemical formulations to requirements, amount of storage or consumption, and storage location.

This information, amongst others, helps an organisation to select the right PPE for chemical use and identify the correct storage conditions. If chemical information is missing, there must be a corrective action plan to obtain this data from chemical suppliers.

The Chemical Inventory can be compiled by completing the following actions: a) stock take (items and quantities held in storage), b) delivery information (items and quantities delivered) and c) use information (items and quantities used).

The Chemical Inventory list should be regularly updated and its information maintained for purpose. It is recommended to follow, at a minimum, the following frequency: a) Stock take, annually and b) delivery c) usage information, monthly.

The CIL should be maintained by a responsible person whenever chemicals are purchased, stored or used. The revision date should be clearly marked in the inventory. It is recommended to highlight changes to the CIL content. The template CIL offers guidance to meet all of the above requirements.


Smarter Processes

The positive impact of doing things right

Process is that crucial link between inputs and outputs. Safer inputs make a big difference, as long as they are used the right way. That's key to reducing their environmental impact. When good procedures and best practice are in place, outputs become cleaner, and process works.


Chemical Management System

For an entire value chain to reduce its environmental impacts, good business practices are needed. The ZDHC Chemical Management System is a two-part structure. One part is the ZDHC CMS Framework that lays out the minimum components of a CMS. The other is the ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide (coming soon), which will cover the implementation of a CMS in the supply chain.


Man-Made Cellulosic Fibres

This document standardises wastewater, air emissions and chemical recovery requirements for MMCF manufacturing facilities. Define a standard approach for MMCF fibre manufacturing emissions control. The creation of this document is a collaborative effort from the industry: MMCF manufacturing facilities, brands, service providers and subject matter experts.

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ZDHC MMCF Guidelines

This support document underlines the steps and actions necessary to implement the ZDHC MMCF Guidelines and support the involved stakeholders during the implementation.


Inventory List

We provide a template CIL. It's designed to help facilities keep an inventory of chemicals being used in each work area. A well created, well maintained CIL supports traceability and chemical handling decisions. It promotes responsible usage and helps to control future disposal costs. This template will help in achieving those aims.


A Common Approach

How do we unite thousands of organisations and get them committed to one giant ambition? By helping everyone work together in a common way. The end goal is to preserve our planet. Our solutions connect everyone's efforts and measure progress towards that goal. So we share them all over the world and help put them into action.

A series of smart solutions

We develop and maintain powerful solutions that support the industry's transformation.

Practical help and guidance

Hands-on advice and educational tools support and drive the use of best practices.

Sharing and promotion

Our solutions can work anywhere, so we actively promote their use worldwide.

Training and support

We offer knowledge, individual guidance, and training from the ZDHC Academy.