Raising Factory Safety (China)

As with other industries in China we found that health and safety standards at tea processing factories varied considerably, which meant that Chinese tea workers’ health and well being were being put at risk.

How we helped

In 2009 we conducted a benchmarking exercise at factories in the Hunan Province. To identify areas of strengths and weaknesses we conducted interviews with workers and management and conducted on-site safety inspections. These weaknesses became the focus for our Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) training course and manual, which we developed in partnership with Chinese health and safety experts from Business for Social Responsibility. The course focused on:

  • Electrical safety
  • Fire prevention and evacuation procedures
  • Heavy machinery safety
  • Dust and noise pollution
  • Supply and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers


Training workshops have been run at factories in Zhejiang, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Fujian, Anhui, and Yunnan – improvements include:

  • Reduced levels of noise and dust pollution
  • Electrical safety upgrades such as installing covers on switches to prevent accumulation of tea dust, and higher specification fuse boxes and wiring
  • Appropriate number of fully maintained fire extinguishers, fire exits, and evacuation plans
  • Proper guards on all heavy machinery
  • Provision and correct use of PPE, e.g. dusk masks, ear protectors, and safety goggles
  • Introduction of risk assessment procedures to systematically address health and safety issues


Latest Resources

Case Study: Supporting Chinese Producers

30 May 2012

Case Study: Supporting Chinese Producers This case study provides an overview of ETP’s work in China, outlining how ETP has expanded it’s support programmes from factory health and safety,…