MOLD PREVENTION MEASURES
4. PRODUCTION PROCESS生產過程
4.01 Does factory conduct daily cleaning of production areas with approved disinfectants?
1.01 Spray all floors and wall corners monthly with bleach water or Formalin.
1.02 Factories should install adequate, functioning fans for good air circulation and ventilation.
1.03 Cut pieces should be stored in breathable plastic bags prior to stitching. Stitching must commence 1-2 days after cutting.
1.04 Stitched uppers should be run through a dryer before being placed into breathable plastic bags prior to lasting.
1.05 It is critical to follow the drying and bagging instructions above for uppers stitched in outside stitching rooms as well as any other subcontracted components / semi-products because of additional transit time to the factory. Uppers from outside stitching rooms and any other subcontracted components / semi-products should be inspected and the moisture content checked with a moisture meter.
1.06 All shoes, boxes, lids, should go through a hot air drying tunnel as the last step of production, just before closing the boxes. For most shoes, heat at a minimum of 70 degrees centigrade, for an absolute minimum of 3 minutes time being desirable. Depending on the type of shoe, a lower temperature may be needed to preserve shape and adhesion.
1.07 All factories must install properly functioning UV lights at the end of each production line. All semi-finished products or finished products must be subjected to appropriate heat and UV treatment to ensure they are completely dry before being stored.
1.08 Ensure all shoes are subjected to a sufficient period of heat treatment during production, especially in humid and rainy weather.
2.01 Packing line workers must wear clean uniforms or aprons and should not wear any gloves made of cotton. They should wash their hands with soap & water to remove grease & oil before returning to the line.
2.02 Follow the anti-mold agent supplier’s instructions, and correctly use anti-mold agent on all materials, shoes and boxes.
2.03 As the final packaging step, genuine and non-expired Micro-pak stickers must be placed in the inside of boxes in the prescribed location after shoes have passed through the oven.
2.04 All products are to be packed into cases the same day as produced.
3. FINISHED PRODUCTS 完成品
3.01 Keep shipping cartons dry. Do not use damaged or wet cartons.
3.02 Pack shoes into shipping cartons as soon as possible after being removed from the dryer and shoe box lids are closed.
3.03 Re-inspect shoes not shipped within 7 days of the vendor’s/agent’s final warehouse audit to ensure that the shipping condition of the order is mold free.
4. TRANSPORTATION 運輸
4.01 Before loading of containers, factories to check to ensure containers are not wet and do not leak.
4.02 As an added measure, factories may hang anti-mold poles inside containers to absorb moisture during transportation.
4.03 If an open CFS delivery truck is used, then completely cover canvas top with a second heavy plastic tarp.
4.04 Take extra precaution to ensure shipping cartons are not wet or damaged during transportation.
4.05 Vendor/agent must monitor the loading of containers and take photos for record purposes.
5. QUALITY ASSURANCE OF ANTI-MOLD AGENT 防黴產品的品質保證
5.01 Any anti-mold chemicals utilized by factories to treat product or packaging must be approved for this specific use by US regulatory authorities.
5.02 Factories are fully and completely responsible to ensure that any anti-mold chemicals used to treat product or packaging does not visually contaminate the finished product or cause changes in color or functionality of the finished product.
5.03 Factories are fully and completely responsible for complying with the anti-mold chemical suppliers’ guidelines for appropriate and safe application practices.