Supporting sound chemical management

A sound chemical management system supports worker safety and the reduction of environmental impacts within the community and the broader environment.

This Chemical Management System (CMS) Guidance Manual focuses on the approach, structure and documentation needed to create and support a ZDHC Programme CMS. Information in this manual should be easily internalised by retailers, brands and their supply chain partners, while accommodating the complexities of the ZDHC roadmap work and the textile supply chain chemistry applications. 

This framework builds on ISO management standards and other applicable frameworks, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Practical Chemical Management Toolkit and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemicals Management Working Group (CMWG) Framework.

A CMS provides a well-defined structure to move toward zero discharge of hazardous substances. A management system is a framework that allows inclusion of all projects introduced in the Joint Roadmap, Version 2.

Specifically, the ZDHC Group affirms that:

• A CMS is an effective framework for improving overall environmental and chemical performance while working towards the goal of zero discharge.

• A management approach allows continuous chemical management improvement and minimisation of environmental impact.

• A management approach can provide the structure for current roadmap projects.

• A management approach allows an entry point for different actors in the supply chain, including the chemical industry, brands, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers and other stakeholders who wish to contribute to the success of the ZDHC Group’s commitment.

The CMS Guidance Manual is intended to be a living document that will be periodically updated. This first version of this manual focuses mainly on foundational matter. Later versions will include more detailed content on progressive and aspirational matters.

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.


Fibre & Raw Materials

Fibre raw materials and production processes a part of the value chain that cannot be ignored. Well-managed processes are essential to reduce the environmental impacts of fibre production. Taking man-made cellulosic fibres as a starting point, this work has already begun. Our initial focus will be on viscose and modal.


Chemical Management Systems Guidance

For an entire value chain to reduce its environmental impacts, good business practices are needed. That's what the CMS provides. It has the structure and documentation each party needs to understand their role. This guidance helps us to work with each other efficiently and reach our goals together.


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.