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extension. The prerequisite for STeP certi fi cation is that the company has to comply with the minimum requirements speci fi ed and the requirements are classi fi ed into the following six modules or areas. Management of chemicals Meet the guiding principle of restricted substances list (RSL), Appropriate management for harmful substances, Implement the principles of green chemicals , Regular training for handling of the chemicals, Commitment to communicate about the risks involved in using chemicals, and Supervision of chemicals in use. Environmental performance Not exceeding the speci fi ed limit values, Make use of best available production technologies, Optimization of production processes, Use the resources ef fi ciently, Responsible handling of waste, wastewater, emissions, etc., and Reduction of the CO 2 footprint. Environmental management Documentation and implementation of a right environmental management system, Assurance of environmental targets, Conception of environmental reports periodically, Appointment of an environmental representative, Periodic training for the implementation of environmental targets, and Implementation of existing environmental protection systems such as ISO 14001. Social responsibility Ensuring socially acceptable working conditions as per the UN and ILO conventions, Implementation of performance appraisals for all the employees, Implementation of existing social standards like SA 8000, and Assured training for employees concerning the social issues of an operation. 92 K. Amutha
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Quality management Implementation of a suitable quality management system like ISO 9001, It is necessary that the fl ow of goods and products be traceable with proper documentation and responsibility, and Use of advanced management practices like risk management or corporate governance. Health and safety Appropriate measures to ensure health and safety of workers in the workplace (e.g. gloves, masks, fi lter systems, and ear protection), The buildings and production plants are assured for safety (e.g. fi re alarms, emergency exits, and restricted areas), Measures for prevention of risk, and Implementation of existing safety standards like OHSAS 18001. Assessment The companies have to provide a number of data and parameters to OEKO-TEX ® for satisfactory evaluation of the sustainability of production processes. Data are being collected through Web, and an evaluation tool is used to assess the data. After applying to an OEKO-TEX ® institute, the company receives the necessary access data which enables them to send the information through an online questionnaire. Then, the institute would evaluate the data and send the report in detail about the results. Then, the company can proceed to the next stage by either following the procedure for sustainable production or implementation of the certi fi cation process to achieve the STeP label.
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