Facility Preview Content Guidance

In this section of the website, you will find the How To Higg Guide and other important information useful to complete the Facility Preview Section.

Appendix A – Facility Preview

Facility Preview section is introduced in 2020 Higg FEM.  A new feature that complements Higg FEM, enabling companies to quickly identify opportunities and hotspots in their extended value chain.

This section enables quick assessment of a facility’s environmental sustainability readiness. This section consists primarily of Level One questions in the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), plus several questions unique to Facility Preview.

This section does not provide a comprehensive view of value chain performance, it is an entry point, and it does not replace the Higg FEM assessment.  It is highly encouraged for facilities to review all the questions within the module before getting started to understand the type of information and data the facilities will need to input into the module.

Please note that the Facility Preview section is NOT SCORED. This means that you do not get points.  Please also note that Higg Index benchmarking feature does not apply to Facility Preview.

Note: In 2020 Higg FEM cadence, not all facilities completing 2020 Higg FEM will have accessibility to the Facility Preview section. In future Higg FEM cadence, this section may be applied to facilities that completing Higg FEM.

This section consists primarily of Level One questions in the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), plus several questions unique to Facility Preview.

How Does This Section Work:

For questions in Facility Preview section that are also in the Higg FEM, the information between the Facility Preview section and the relevant section in the Higg FEM will be inter-connected. This means, facilities only require to complete the same set of question once, the information facility provided will then also be adjusted and displayed in the other section.

For questions in Facility Preview section that are only be available in this section, facility will enter the information in the Facility Preview section.

How To Read This Section Guide:

This guide will provide a quick access to full guidance in completing the Facility Preview questions. For questions in Facility Preview section that are also in the Higg FEM, this section guide provides a access to the 2020 How to Higg Guide, because these questions have the same set of questions as in the 2020 Higg FEM.

For questions that only available in Facility Preview section, full guidance is included in this section guidance below.

Facility Site Info & Permits

The questions in Facility Site Info & Permits mirror the Facility Site Info & Permits in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Facility Site Info & Permits section

EMS

(NEW) Does your facility have documented procedures that enable workers to report environmental emergencies/violations and protects them from retaliation?

Suggested uploads: Documentation of procedures in place to enable workers to report environmental emergencies/violations and ensure that there will be no retaliation

Answer Yes if you have a documented procedure that enable workers to report environmental emergencies/violations and protects them from retaliation

What is the intent of the question?

The intent is to ensure workers have a proper channel to report for environmental emergencies/ violations without being threatened or punished.

This is critical to prevent facilities from covering up any violations and/or delayed the necessary corrective actions to reduce environmental contamination.

Technical Guidance:

Retaliation refers to an unlawful action when an employer takes an adverse action against an employee for engaging in legally protected activity, such as alleging environmental violations. Retaliation can include any negative job action, such as demotion, discipline, firing, salary reduction, or job or shift reassignment.

It is every worker’s obligation to report suspected or actual violations of regulation. The facility needs to set up and document a procedure which allow workers to report environmental emergencies/ violations. The document should clearly mention the steps and responsible contacts the workers can report to. The facility should also make a statement to guarantee there will be no workers punished or retaliated against for reporting truthful information to a law enforcement.

How This Will Be Verified:

Yes

  • Documentation Required:
    • Documentation of procedures for workers to report environmental emergencies/violations
    • Policy or statement of non-retaliation
  • Interview Questions to Ask:
    • Are workers aware of the procedures to report environmental emergencies/ violations?
    • Are workers fear of retaliation?
    • Is management held accountable for ensuring that there are no negative consequences towards employees who report grievances?
  • Inspection – Things to Physically Look For:
    • Documented procedures or policy of reporting environmental emergencies/ violations are accessible by workers

1. Are one or more employees at your facility responsible for coordinating your facility’s environmental management activities?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the EMS section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – EMS section

3. Has your facility identified the significant environmental impacts associated with current operations within the factory premises?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the EMS section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – EMS section

4. Does your facility have a program or system in place to review and monitor environmental permit status and renewal (where appropriate) and ensure compliance?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the EMS section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – EMS section

5. Does your facility maintain a documented system to identify, monitor and periodically verify all laws, regulations, standards, codes and other legislative and regulatory requirements for your significant environmental impacts?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the EMS section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – EMS section

8. Do employees at your facility responsible for environmental management have the technical competence required to do their job?

The question mirrors the Level two question in the EMS section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – EMS section

Energy

1. Select all sources of energy for your facility

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Energy section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Energy section

(NEW) Does your facility track any of its energy use?

 (NEW) Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?

Water

1. Select all water sources used by your facility

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Water section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Water section

 

(NEW) Does your facility track water use from any of its sources?

(NEW) Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?

Wastewater

Applicability

Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance on applicability of this section

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

 

1. Does your facility track its wastewater volume? (Industrial/Domestic/Combined)

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate industrial wastewater

(NEW) Does your facility have a mechanism to prevent wastewater from mixing with stormwater in the storm drain systems?

 

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that utilize an offsite wastewater treatment plant

2. Do you have the name and contact information of the offsite wastewater treatment plant?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate industrial wastewater

3. Does your facility have a back-up plan if there is an emergency situation related to wastewater?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate industrial wastewater

(NEW) Can you confirm that there is no leaking or bypassing of wastewater?

 

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

 The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate industrial wastewater

4. Is hazardous sludge (chemical / industrial) disposed of properly?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate domestic wastewater

5. Is non-hazardous sludge (domestic only) disposed of properly?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that generate septic wastewater

6. Does your facility treat septic wastewater before it is discharged?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

 

7. Are you reporting against a wastewater standard?

 The question mirrors the Level two question in the Wastewater section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Wastewater section

Air Emissions

Applicability

Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance on applicability of this section

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Air Emissions section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that have sources of air emission

2. Do you track your air emissions from productions?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Air emissions section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Air emissions section

Waste

1. Which non-hazardous waste streams does your site produce? Select all that apply

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Waste section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Waste section

 

(NEW) Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?

2. Which hazardous waste streams does your site produce? Select all that apply

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Waste section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Waste section

 

(NEW) Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?

3. Does your facility segregate all waste streams into non-hazardous and hazardous waste, and store them separately?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Waste section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Waste section

 

(NEW) Does your facility forbid all irresponsible waste disposal actions including open burning, open dumping, burying and storage tank leaks?

Suggested Upload: Policy for forbidding irresponsible waste disposal actions

Answer YES only if you forbid all irresponsible waste disposal actions.

If the irresponsible waste disposal actions are not forbidden, please indicate how you have disposed of waste onsite in this reporting year.

What is the intent of the question?

Irresponsible waste disposal actions including on-site open burning, landfilling, burying and storage tank leaks of waste can cause contamination in the soil and groundwater, air pollution from smoke emissions and gas generation, and health hazards (GSCP). The intent is to drive you to eliminate all irresponsible waste disposal actions.

Technical Guidance:

Burning, dumping/ burying waste on facility premises (inside or outside) with no air emissions control equipment and without special authorization from your environmental legal agency should be forbidden. If you do incinerate on-site, please explain the technology, the approval process, and how you control air emissions in the comment field provided. Any uncontrolled waste landfilling (i.e. landfilling without the appropriate license/ permit) should be forbidden. All your hazardous waste should be passed on to a licensed and permitted handler (Certified legal contractor) and solid waste should be managed by a qualified third-party vendor that will treat the waste minimizing and controlling all health and environmental impact. Final disposal and treatment shouldn’t be handled on-site (in the factory premise) by the factory employees.

How This Will Be Verified:

Yes

  • Documentation Required:
    • Policy for forbidding irresponsible waste disposal actions
    • Policy on how waste will be handled and disposed of
    • Contract of waste handling contractor
  • Interview Questions to Ask:
    • Management and Key employees are made aware of no irresponsible waste disposal actions
  • Inspection – Things to Physically Look For:
    • Uncontrolled burying, burning or uncontrolled landfilling activities on-site
    • Leaks of waste storage tank

7. Does your facility provide training to all employees whose work involves hazardous waste handling (such as maintenance and custodial staff)?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Waste section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Waste section

15. Does your facility validate the final disposal and treatment of all hazardous wastes?

The question mirrors the Level three question in the Waste section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Waste section

Chemical Management

Applicability

Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance on applicability of this section

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

1. Does your facility keep an inventory of chemicals used and the suppliers of each chemical product?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

2. Does your facility make Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available to employees for all chemicals used?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

3. Does your facility train all employees who use chemicals on chemical hazards, risk, proper handling, and what to do in case of emergency or spill?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

4. Does your facility have a chemical spill and emergency response plan that is practiced periodically?  

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

5. Does your facility have appropriate and operable protective and safety equipment, as recommended by the Global Harmonization System compliant (or equivalent) Safety Data Sheet, in all areas where chemicals are stored and used?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

6. Does your facility have chemical hazard signage and safe handling equipment in the areas of the facility where chemicals are used?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

7. Does your facility select and purchase chemicals based on their hazards and MRSL / RSL requirements?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

 

8. Does your facility have an environmental and occupational health and safety program specific to chemicals management?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

 

 9. Does your site have well marked, designated chemical storage and temporary storage areas?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that use chemicals in the production process

10. Does your facility train employees responsible for the chemical management system on Restricted Substance Lists (RSLs) and Manufacturing Restricted Substance Lists (MRSLs)?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that use chemicals in the production process

11. Does your facility have a documented process to systematically identify, monitor and verify compliance with all product Restricted Substance Lists (RSLs), and segregate chemical formulations materials and products which are non-compliant with RSL?

The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

The following question is applicable only for facilities that use chemicals in the production process

(NEW) Does your facility have a failure resolution process that is followed in the event of an RSL test failure?

 

 The following question is applicable only for facilities that use chemicals in the production process

12. Does your facility have a documented process to systematically monitor, update and demonstrate compliance with Manufacturing Restricted Substance Lists (MRSLs), and segregate chemical formulations materials and products which are non-compliant with MRSL?

 The question mirrors the Level one question in the Chemical management section in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please refer to 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide for full guidance.

Reference: 2020 How to Higg FEM Guide – Chemical Management section

 

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