The safety of all workers involved in the production of tea is a top priority both for ourselves and our members. We therefore closely monitor factory health and safety conditions at producer premises, and run health and safety workshops for producers to give them the skills to assess, identify and remediate risk.
In China we started our factory health and safety programme by conducting a benchmarking exercise in factories in the Hunan Province.
Interviews with management and workers, and on-site safety inspections were used to identify common areas of good performance and areas of weakness.
These weaknesses became the focus for the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) training course and manual which we developed in partnership with health and safety experts from Business for Social Responsibility:
- Electrical safety
- Fire prevention and evacuation procedures
- Heavy machinery safety
- Dust and noise pollution
- PPE (personal protective equipment) is supplied and used
So far we have delivered training workshops at factories in Zhejiang, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Fujian, Anhui & Yunnan.
In response to demand we’re running health and safety courses for producers in Assam that supply tea to our members. The training puts health and safety at the heart of the business and provides estate management with the tools to assess and mitigate risk, leading to better and safer work environments. Areas covered include:
- machine & fire safety
- hazard minimisation
- worker housing safety
- health & welfare