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FWF has developed tools for member companies to check on common health and safety issues in the factories where they source from. Every factory visit is an opportunity to check on these issues.
The guides allow staff of member companies who visit the factory to do a preliminary scan of elementary health and safety issues. There are two versions: one is for use by CSR staff and others with some Health & Safety training. The other is for brand employees – product managers, buyers – with no such training. Visiting affiliates can look for obvious, important shortcomings: Are emergency exits clearly marked? Is the floor wet or slippery?
The guides are a chance for brands to make clear to factory managers that they take working conditions seriously. They help to spot health and safety issues between formal audits, but are never a substitute for professional audits carried out by trained teams.