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October 25, 2021

First translation of safety guidelines for denim finishing published

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published a Mandarin translation of its Health & Safety Guidelines for Workers in Denim Finishing report.

By Beth Wright

The comprehensive denim finishing guidance is dedicated to helping denim finishing facilities provide a safe and healthy work environment that prevents accidents, injuries, and illnesses.

The guidance is an open-industry resource available to both AAFA members and the broader community to drive health and safety for workers in the denim manufacturing industry.

“This guide is a supplement that can be used by denim finishing facilities to enhance health and safety practices and reduce risks to their workers and their organisation,” explains Nate Herman, senior vice president, policy at the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Our hope is that this translation will help move the needle forward in a region that supplies more than 15% of US denim imports. We wish to thank Bureau Veritas for their critical technical support in making this Mandarin translation a reality.”

The AAFA Health & Safety Guidelines for Workers in Denim Finishing is produced by AAFA’s Safety in Denim Finishing Working Group, which is dedicated to the establishment of the most responsible health and safety practices for the industry.

Over the next few months, AAFA will translate the document into Vietnamese, Spanish, Bangla, and Turkish. Combined with the Mandarin translation, those translations will cover the countries that supply almost two-thirds of all US denim imports.

The AAFA recently urged the US Department of Transportation and the wider Biden administration to take immediate action to reign in the ongoing shipping crisis.

The AAFA submitted comments to the US Department of Transportation on 18 October in response to a Federal Register notice on the shipping crisis that is disrupting economic recovery in the US.

The guidance can be accessed here.

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