Chemical discharge management


Green credentials are now a necessity for successful businesses, with environmental pressures driving immense changes within the supply chain.

For example, international organisation Greenpeace has campaigned passionately to stop industry poisoning waterways around the world with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Since 2011, the group’s Detox campaign has highlighted a direct link between global apparel brands, their suppliers and the global phenomenon of toxic water pollution.


Numerous leading international brands have joined forces to create the Forum for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), which is committed to substantial improvements by 2020.

At Bureau Veritas, we help businesses to support this movement and our staff actively participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards, backed up by our substantial experience. For over 35 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

We have outlets close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, which means we offer the convenience of global coverage with local service where it is needed, along with customised and specialised services to meet quality assurance needs throughout the supply chain.
The Forum for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals seeks to phase out the following chemical groups from supply chains by 2020:

•    Phthalates (ortho-phthalates)
•    Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
•    Azo dyes
•    Organotin compounds (e.g. TBT)
•    Chlorobenzenes
•    Chlorinated solvents
•    Chlorophenols
•    Short-chained chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)
•    Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium (VI))
•    APEOs/NPEs
•    Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Eradicating hazardous chemicals

With a long history of developing and managing Restricted Substance List programs – and with labs, sample collection staff and specialists worldwide – Bureau Veritas is perfectly positioned to assist with the commitment to eradicating hazardous chemicals discharge.


~ Analyse the chemical inventory; Obtain a ZDHC InCheck report ~

BVE3 is a ZDHC recognized digital solution to analyse a chemical inventory for its compliance and to help obtain a ZDHC InCheck Report. It enables companies to understand chemical controls and helps in the mission to advance towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals.

BVE3 addresses the challenges of how to better understand hazardous chemical control in your supply chain. In addition, BVE3 enables you to easily identify hazardous chemicals and offers support towards eliminating their discharge.

BVE3 supports good chemical management activities in various ways:

  • Helps brands and factories to manage the chemical inventory, obtain a ZDHC InCheck Report and find areas for continuous improvement to achieve the mission of Zero Discharge.
  • Based on pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) and mass balance principles, constructs realistic wastewater discharge scenarios for hazardous substances.
  • Systematic mechanism evaluates factories’ discharge potential of priority / hazardous chemicals based on monthly upload of chemical information.
  • Helps identify factories’ potential discharge risk on a continuous basis.
  • Works in combination with chemicals screening, testing and factory audit.
  • Avoids reliance on one-time screening of materials, chemicals and discharge.

Critically, the number and amount of hazardous substances in the chemical inventory and discharge create 3 indexes that help measure your supply chain’s chemical management performance and enable optimization:

  1. Transparency Index: Measurement of declared chemicals within a chemical inventory as well as the quality of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  2. Greener Chemical Usage Index: Proportion of declared chemicals known to be FREE from hazardous substances.
  3. Clean Emission Index: The level of hazardous substance-free discharge during the manufacturing process.

BVE3 Environmental Emission Evaluator for Textiles

Environmental Emission Evaluator for Textiles

ZDHC Accredited Training Provider (ATP)

As one of the largest ATPs with accredited trainers available worldwide, Bureau Veritas trainers are experienced in textile, apparel, leather and footwear industries with detailed knowledge of sustainable chemical management practices and supply chain management.

ZDHC training consists of 4 modules including :

1) Introduction to chemical management:

  • Environmental Impact Mitigation Measures, Wastewater Treatment and Monitoring
  • Chemical use and Storage, Emergency response and PPE Selection
  • SDS, Chemical Labelling and Chemical Risk communication
  • Hazards & chemical risks
  • Use, storage, transfer, treatment and disposal

2) Frequently identified control issues in chemical management:

  • Output Control: capability to identify where test results originate
  • Process Control: knowledge of separation/segregation, chemical storage, PPE implementation
  • Input Control: Purchasing policy, qualified leaders, documentation verification, building a chemical inventory

3) Introduction to ZDHC and Wastewater Guidelines:

  • Root cause analysis and corrective action plans
  • Sampling and testing requirements including commonly available wastewater treatment technology
  • ZDHC mission, vision, approach and tools

4) Hazardous control in leather production:

  • Chemical use and storage, emergency response and PPE selection
  • ZDHC MRSL, functions and best practices of SDS, chemical labelling and chemical risk communication
  • Detailed information on hazards & chemical risks
  • How to establish an effective chemical management system
  • Chemical management use, storage, transfer, treatment and disposal
  • Characteristics and harmful effects of hazardous chemicals used in leather production

As a ZDHC accredited training provider, Bureau Veritas is able to provide additional material to further strengthen participants’ understanding and to adapt to various local practices. Furthermore, tailor-made course content with reference to brand specification and local regulations will be used to address requirements.

Training can be held either in person or online, and can be delivered in either English or local languages to suit your needs. Participants are awarded a certificate upon completing the course examination.

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