Chemical Management Audits: An Essential Sustainable Business Practice

Published 23rd April 2019

Conducting a chemical management audit is essential to understand how your business and supply chain handle the legal and physical aspects of chemicals used in manufacturing.

The responsible management of chemicals is a critical element of sustainable business practice with brands and retailers becoming increasingly concerned about the upstream chemical inputs into materials, and the impact on both people and the environment.

Brands and retailers, manufacturers and chemical or material suppliers could all benefit from a Chem-MAP® Chemical Management Audit to inform their management of chemicals throughout the whole supply chain. A thorough and accurate audit can provide you with assurance that your suppliers are;

  • Complying with customer objectives
  • Minimising MRSL and RSL failures
  • Maximising worker safety
  • Reducing the risk of product and material contamination
  • Complying with ZDHC objectives if engaged in the Chem-MAP® programmes


What is involved in a Chemical Management Audit?

The Chem-MAP® team will conduct an independent on-site audit of your chemical management systems. This audit focuses on your processes and the effectiveness of their implementation at all levels of the supply chain.

The Chem-MAP® auditor will look at your processes and the effectiveness of their implementation in the global supply chain, including;

  • Structure and content of the chemical management policy
  • Alignment of policy with corporate philosophies
  • Scope of materials tested
  • Scope of testing and limits
  • Frequency of testing
  • Due diligence on the finished product
  • Failure management and corrective action
  • Effectiveness of the communication of policy and process
  • Material procurement
  • Chemical purchasing
  • Chemical storage, handling, disposal
  • On-boarding process for new suppliers or materials
  • Policy review process and frequency
  • Future proofing (changes in industry direction and or legislation)
  • Global perspectives
  • Training and understanding of technicians around chemical management
  • Completion of recommended actions from previous Chem-MAP® audit where applicable


Contact us to discuss a chemical management audit

Chemical management audits are available to all companies in the supply chain through either the b-MAP, m-MAP or c-MAP programmes depending on whether you are a brand or retailer, manufacturer or chemical company respectively.

If you want to know how your suppliers are managing chemicals, you can also contact us to conduct a supplier audit.

To get in touch, email, call +44 (0)1604 679999 or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.

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