How to fix your textile factory’s woes
The textile industry is one of the most under-regulated industries in the world.
But as per data from the textile lobby group Textile Manufacturers Association of America (SMAA), more than a third of textile factories are not required to have safety inspection certificates or to report to the state, and only a fraction of textile mills meet safety standards for the first time.
“Most textile mills have been doing it for a while, but in the past year or so, we’ve seen a shift towards the high-risk segment,” SMAA’s Robyn Johnson told Quartz.
“Some of those industries are much more heavily regulated than others.”
The SMAA data comes from a survey conducted by the nonprofit group Textiles for Good that sought to gauge how the industry is performing, and which industries are doing the worst.
The SMAAA survey, which has been widely discussed and shared on Twitter, looked at the overall safety of the textile industry, which is one key metric for gauging overall safety.
SMAA surveyed 1,000 textile manufacturing and textile related industries, and asked respondents to identify their safety inspection and manufacturing requirements.
In all, the survey found that a total of 7.3 million textile workers across all industries had to report for safety inspections.
While it’s not the first survey of its kind, SMAA is the first to measure overall safety across the textile sector, and its findings are not the only data to come out in the last few months.
The US Department of Labor recently released its annual report on the safety of textile work, which also found that textile manufacturing is one industry with the highest rate of workplace injury and death.
In addition to the SMAA survey, the report found that an additional 6.5 million textile and textile-related workers have been injured and 1.5 percent of textile manufacturing workers have died in the US in 2017.
The problem of textile workers working in hazardous conditionsIn the last year, the US textile industry has faced some challenges as a result of the US government’s efforts to make textile manufacturing safer.
The US government mandated safety standards in the textile mills industry in 2014, but it’s been a slow process.
The industry has struggled to comply with the new safety regulations, and even the most stringent factories may not have enough inspectors to keep up with the requirements.
As a result, textile mills often operate at a lower standard than other industries, which means they’re less safe.
As a result the textile companies face challenges, such as inadequate inspection and maintenance and unsafe work environments.
“The US textile mills are not doing a good job of implementing the safety standards,” said SMAA President and CEO Robyn J. Johnson.
The biggest challenges for the textile industries have to do with the quality of the textiles they’re producing, and whether or not they’re complying with the law.
SMAAAA surveyed 1 million textile manufacturing, textile related, and textile manufacturing related employers and found that only 11.5% of textile plants were certified and inspected annually by the US Department and OSHA.
In addition, just 15.6% of factories were required to provide an inspection certificate to workers.
SMAAA said it expects the certification rate to fall over time, and said that many of the factory owners are still using outdated certification standards that are not adequately met by new standards.
“Manufacturers have not implemented the latest certification standards,” Johnson said.
“They are not meeting the latest safety standards.”
The textile industry was already a low-risk industry, but these latest findings show that the industry still has a long way to go.
SMATA noted that the majority of mills in the industry are located in low-income communities, and it said it is encouraging the textile manufacturers to get in touch with other industries and companies to see if they can find an industry-specific solution to their problems.
“Textile mills are a major employer in these communities, which are working to make improvements to the industry to improve the safety and quality of their work environments,” Johnson told Business Insider.