European supply chains have the highest level of factory fire risk, according to a new report, which supply chain consultancy, Crimson & Co says is “worrying but unsurprising.”
The report, published today by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange found that while only 6.6 per cent of African supply chains fail to comply with safety measures, 13.5 per cent of European supply chains fail to comply with safety measures.
Tom Woodham, director of leading end-to-end supply chain consultancy, Crimson & Co sais the signifies “a global issue which isn’t reserved for non-European countries, as many may assume.”
The report found that the top five most prevalent fire safety non-compliances in supplier sites across the world include: missing or inadequate exit signage and functioning emergency lighting; blocked aisles or fire exits; and fire-fighting equipment inadequately installed or missing.
There is no excuse for non-complying supply chains. As complexity increases, it is easy to forget about key considerations along the chain, but organisations need to ensure they carry out robust risk assessments to avoid such damaging issues coming to light,” concluded Woodham.