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LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.2 — Mandatory as of 1 February 2022

Version 7.2 of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol (P7.2) will become effective as of Tuesday 1 February 2022.

Leather Working Group is pleased to announce that Version 7.2 of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol (P7.2) will become mandatory as of 1 February 2022. Following a review of Protocol 7.1, our auditing and technical teams have made some minor modifications to the protocol for the sake of clarification.

Due to the minor nature of these amendments, there will be no phase in period, and all changes will become effective by 1 February 2022.


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Summary of changes between P7.1.0 an P7.2.0
Protocol changes (P7.1.0 to P7.2.0)
Section Question Change


pp ii, iii, v, vi, vii iii Text clarified
Opening statement Q3 new question relating to completeness of data presented
S1 General Facility Details Q15 Inclusion of transferable data (those who also undertake subcontracting)
S2 Subcontract Operations Q5 Modified weighting table
S3 Social Audit Q2 Modified requirements (current validity)
S6 Traceability (Incoming)   Reference to the requirement to enter data into the Excel spreadsheet.


Traceability (Outgoing)

Q2 Scoring correction
Q2 No longer a threshold question


Restricted Substances

Q6 limits correction (chlorinated paraffins)
Q19 RSL for incoming chemicals removed
Q20 Score modification (due to q19 change)
Q21 Incoming chemicals RSL. Deleted. Subsequent questions renumbered


Air Emissions

Q8 Scoring correction
Q19 Relaxed VOC emissions allowance


Effluent Treatment

Q1 10 m3 volume limit requirement for metering extended to all ETPs
Q5 Modification to analysis requirements (laboratory) based on treatment capacity of ETP
Q7 Exemption for leathers that specifically require long-float processing
Q13 - 24 Standardised discharge limits irrespective of treatment facility


Chemical Management

Q23 Clarification (relates to chemicals stored in production department)
Q23 No longer a threshold question
S17 Operations Management Q5 Clarification. Relates to chemicals in immediate vicinity of process vessel etc

Guidance Notes for P7
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