Standards

Anti Static Standards: Overview.

The most important thing with undesirable static electricity to know is: That less relative humidity = more static = more danger. At Katrina Trading Company we have garments that have been both constructed and tested to comply with, the most appropriate International standards, British in the case of anti-static, the reasoning is as follows.

In Australia we have an Anti Static Standard that relates to clothing -

AS/NZS 1020:1995 The Control of undesirable static electricity: Section 5.2 Wearing Apparel (other than footwear).

While giving general guidelines, this standard does not have a test method and seems to ignore Relative Humidity as an issue for clothing. Fasteners for clothing also seem to be largely ignored. We find the British Standards have measurable test methods that we feel are both more logical and comprehensive:-

BS 2050-1978 - Specification for Electrical resistance of conduction and anti-static products made from flexible polymeric material.

BS 5958 Part 1 - Control of undesirable static electricity, Part 1. General considerations.

BS 5958 Part 2 - Control of undesirable static electricity, Recommendations for particular industrial situations.

BS 6524 - BS method for Determination of the surface resistivity of a textile fabric.

EN1149.3 - Protective clothing - Electrostatic properties - Part 3- Test methods for measurement.

We hope this information page was of some help, if you have any further problem please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the case of garments fitted with 3M Scotchlite Static-Safe Night Tape. Please contact 3M Australia for technical aspects of 3M products.

High Visibility Standards

At Quality Winter Clothing we have garments that have been both constructed and tested to comply with, the most appropriate International High Visibility standards, Australian and European in the case of High Visibility, the combination, representing “INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE”, in our opinion.

In Australia we have High Visibility Standards that relate to clothing - AS/NZS 4602.1 High Visibility Safety Garments describes the design of garments that constitute a High Visibility Safety Garment.

AS/NZS 1906.4 Retroreflective materials and devices for road traffic control purposes. Part 4: High –visibility materials for safety garments

The standard specifies the photometric, colorimetric and physical property requirements for high-visibility materials for outdoor use, or retroreflective materials for use at night or in other dark conditions, or a combination of the two, to be used for the manufacture of or incorporation into, industrial safety garments designed to be worn in situations where the wearer needs to be highly visible.

EN 471 – Specification for High-visibility warning clothing.

The European standard, has considered water penetration for garments to be worn in foul and/or cold weather, so waterproofing is a facet of EN 471 but not an issue for AS1906.4. As at the date of writing all Quality Winter Clothing High-visibility products are water resistant.

Where either the material or the pattern is Not To High Visibility Standards, then even if the colour is Fluorescent or otherwise, then that garment is just another pretty coloured one and should not be used by workers in a high risk situation.

So in summary, unless a garment states compliance to at least one of the above mentioned Standards, even if it is very similar to one that does, there is a very large chance that the garment does not comply, as there are costs of compliance.

Guidelines for Quality Winter Clothing products compliance:

Complies as stated on the label of the garment as well as within supporting documentation.

Katrina Trading Company Ethical Standards Statement

In order to conduct business with Katrina Trading Company, suppliers must conform to ethical standards of business practices. Katrina Trading Company or an independent 3rd party, regularly monitors our supplier’s factories compliance with the Standards.

Katrina Trading Company manages its business in a manner consistent with these Standards. We expect our suppliers to do the same, as it is the right thing to do and the conduct of our suppliers can impact our reputation among customers and shareholders.

Katrina Trading Company suppliers must comply with the legal requirements and standards in the countries in which they do business. This includes labour, employment, environmental, and health and safety laws. If the local industry standards exceed the country's legal requirements, Katrina Trading Company expects its suppliers to follow the industry standards.

Katrina Trading Company Standards for Suppliers address the following general areas:

  • Child Labour

  • Compensation

  • Local/ National Laws

  • Forced Labour

  • Working Hours

  • Discrimination

  • Workplace Health & Safety

  • Environmental Concerns

Child Labour

Katrina Trading Company does not tolerate the use of child labour in the manufacture of the products it sells. Katrina Trading Company will not accept products from suppliers who use, in any manner, child labour in the manufacture their products.

Suppliers must assure that their factories, or the factories of their direct or indirect subcontractors, employ no person at an age younger than 15 (or 14 where the law of the country of manufacture allows).

Forced Labour

Katrina Trading Company does not tolerate forced labour. Suppliers must assure that their factories maintain employment on a voluntary basis. Katrina Trading Company will not accept products from suppliers who use, in any manner, forced labour in manufacturing their products.

Compensation

Katrina Trading Company requires its suppliers to assure that factory workers are fairly compensated. Suppliers' employees, and employees at the factory supplier’s use, should be compensated with wages and benefits in compliance with local laws.

Suppliers must also assure that Australian factory workers are paid in compliance with the wage and hour provisions of State Award or higher as well as any applicable state or local requirements.

Working Hours

Suppliers must assure that factories maintain reasonable employee work hours in compliance with local laws in the countries in which they do business. Employees must not work more hours in one week than allowable under applicable law, and are to be properly compensated for overtime work.

Katrina Trading Company will not do business with suppliers who, on a regular basis, use factories that require employees to work excessive hours, and will not do business with suppliers who use factories that fail to compensate employees properly. Employees should be permitted reasonable days off (at least one day off for a seven day period).

Discrimination

Katrina Trading Company recognises that cultural differences exist among the various countries. However, we believe that all terms and conditions of employment must be based on an individual's ability to perform the functions of the job and not on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs.

Factories used by suppliers must have a social and political commitment to basic human rights and must not discriminate against employees in their hiring procedures or any other term or condition of employment on the basis of race, colour, national origin, gender, religion, disability, personal beliefs or other similar factors.

Workplace Health & Safety

Katrina Trading Company maintains a safe, clean, and healthy environment for its associates and expects the same from its suppliers. Suppliers must assure that the factories they use provide employees with safe and healthy working conditions, adequate first-aid facilities, fire exits, safety equipment, properly lit and comfortable workstations, clean restrooms, and adequate living quarters where necessary. Workers should be trained to perform their jobs safely.

Katrina Trading Company will not do business with any supplier that fails to assure that its factories provide a healthy and safe work environment, or suppliers whose factories utilise mental or physical disciplinary practices.

Environmental Concerns

We believe it is our role to be a leader in protecting our environment. We have had EnviroFur for over 20 years, currently available Ex-stock in Navy, Green and Brown. We require our suppliers to reduce excess packaging and to use recycled and non-toxic materials whenever possible. We will favour suppliers who share our commitment to the environment.

KATRINA TRADING COMPANY SUPPLIER COMPLIANCE OBJECTIVES

Identify areas of non-compliance with Katrina Trading Company Supplier Standards;

Educate suppliers about Katrina Trading Company concerns and policies; and

Cause supplier factories to make corrections required to meet Katrina Trading Company Standards.

Katrina Trading Company has implemented an audit system to ensure that suppliers' factories adhere to the Katrina Trading Company Supplier Standards. This includes:


On-site visits, and Personal interviews Katrina Trading Company applies this audit system to all merchandise imported directly by Katrina Trading Company.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Why doesn't Katrina Trading Company provide a list of all of the factories from which we purchase merchandise?

Answer: Katrina Trading Company does not provide such a list because it would unnecessarily disclose competitively sensitive information.

KATRINA TRADING COMPANY: STANDARDS FOR SUPPLIERS

Katrina Trading Company requires its suppliers to conform to the highest standards of business practices. Its suppliers, their contractors, and sub-contractors must comply with the following standards. (Katrina Trading Company reserves the right to make unannounced inspections of supplier's facilities to satisfy itself of supplier compliance.)

All suppliers shall comply with the legal requirements and standards of their industry under the national laws of the countries in which the suppliers do business, including labour and employment laws of those countries and any applicable Australian laws. If the industry standards exceed the countries' requirements, Katrina Trading Company will favour suppliers who meet industry standards. All merchandise shall be accurately marked or labelled with its country of origin in compliance with applicable laws.

Employment: Katrina Trading Company expects its suppliers to comply with the following conditions of employment.

Compensation: Suppliers shall fairly compensate employees by providing wages and benefits which are in compliance with the national laws of the countries in which the suppliers are doing business, or which are consistent with the prevailing local standards in the countries, if the prevailing local standards are higher.

Hours of Labour: Suppliers shall maintain reasonable employee work hours in compliance with local standards and applicable national laws of the countries. Employees shall not work more hours in one week than allowable under applicable law, and shall be properly compensated for overtime work. We favour suppliers who comply with the statutory requirements for working hours for employees, and we will not use suppliers who, on a regularly basis, require employees to work in excess of the statutory requirements without proper compensation as required by applicable law. Employees should be permitted reasonable days off (which is at least one day off for every seven-day period) and leave privileges.

Forced/Prison Labour: Katrina Trading Company will not tolerate Forced or prison labour.

Child Labour: Katrina Trading Company will not tolerate the use of child labour in the manufacture of products. No person shall be employed at an age younger than 15 (or 14 where the law of the country of manufacture allows).

Discrimination/Rights: All conditions of employment must be based on an individual's ability to do the job, not on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. Katrina Trading Company favours suppliers who do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national origin, gender, religion, disability, and other similar factors.

Workplace Environment: Suppliers shall furnish employees with safe and healthy working conditions. Factories shall provide adequate medical facilities, fire exits and safety equipment, well-lighted and comfortable workstations, clean rest rooms, and where necessary, adequate living quarters. Workers must be adequately trained to perform their jobs safely.

Concern for the Environment: We encourage suppliers to reduce excess packaging and to use recycled and non-toxic materials.

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Right of Inspection: Katrina Trading Company or a third party designated by Katrina Trading Company will take certain actions, such as inspection of production facilities, to implement and monitor these standards.

Confidentiality: Suppliers shall not disclose to others and will not use for its own purposes or the purpose of others any trade secrets, confidential information, knowledge, designs, data, skill, or any other information considered by Katrina Trading Company as "confidential".

If you know of a violation of these standards by a vendor, please call (61 02 9829 2222). Or in writing to:

Katrina Trading Company

Business Ethics Committee

PO Box 640

Ingleburn, Australia. 1890

e-mail: ethics@katrinatrading.com.au