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ETI & FairWear publish safety guidance during Covid-19

Jun '20
Pic: Ethical Trading Initiative
Pic: Ethical Trading Initiative
ETI and FairWear have jointly published a discussion sheet and checklist for their members on how to implement occupational health and safety measures to protect workers during Covid-19. The guidance material provides practical advice on how to address health and safety issues with factories, as well as background and inspiration for additional measures.
ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) stated that the area of occupational health and safety is complex and the situation around Covid-19 has added significantly to this complexity.
Factories find themselves in a challenging situation where, coming out of a full or partial lockdown, they now need to stay operational and navigate a new set of health and safety measures.
Central to all this are the garment workers, rightfully worried about their livelihood and personal safety, and required to return to the factories as production starts up again. Keeping workers in the garment industry safe is a major concern and must be top priority.
For brands there is a clear expectation to follow up closely with their suppliers, support them on health and safety and ensure sufficient measures are implemented to protect them. To assist brands in the dialogue with their suppliers, Fair Wear and ETI have developed this check list accompanied by a comprehensive discussion sheet.
ETI furthe suggested that while the regulations imposed by local health authorities and governments always will constitute the minimum requirements, it aim to support brands with the complete array of health and safety measures a garment factory could consider, stressing the importance of strong social dialogue, local stakeholder involvement, and effective grievance as an integrated part of this process.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (JL)

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