Leather Working Group revises protocol
The new protocol introduces a number of key changes in leather production.
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The Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol, published by the Leather Working Group (LWG) in February 2021 has been revised, with version P7.1 replacing the former edition on August 22nd. The audit title has been changed to LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol from the previous LWG Environmental Audit Protocol, there are more specific requirements to achieve medal levels included for individual questions and, with certain exceptions, the data period has been increased from 12 months to cover a full 24 months. The LWG ‘mini audit’ will be phased out by mid-2022. There are also revisions to the sections covering operating permits, production data, incoming material traceability, environmental management systems, restricted substances/compliance/ chromium VI management, energy consumption, water usage, air and noise emissions, waste management, effluent treatment, health/safety/emergency preparedness, and operations management.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the September 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.