Managing Hazardous Waste of Chemical Inventory: A Case Study of Textile Manufacturer in Thailand

  • Ravi Raj Singh
  • Vilasinee Srisarkun
Keywords: Hazardous waste, chemical storage, textile manufacturer, Thailand


This research is a case study of textile manufacturer in Thailand. Being a manufacturing industry, the company is facing a lot of hazardous waste generating in their chemical storage to preparation area. The objective of this research was to find the certain root cause of the waste in the process, which is not adding value. The research is also trying to find the solution and implement appropriate methodology to eliminate non-value added activities from the hazardous chemical inventory. Recommendation, necessary action plan and solution were provided to get rid of non-value added activities and prevent repeated problem. This research mainly applied the process mapping, 5S and 7 wastes to identify the root cause of the problem and eliminate them. The researcher also suggested a continuous improvement plan in order to achieve a sustainable operational improvement of the company. The research observed that the main cause of an increase in hazardous waste is PVC Drums placed in the main inventory area. These PVC Drums were used in 13 different kinds of chemical generating 61.90% of hazardous waste in the process.

Author Biographies

Ravi Raj Singh

This is a much condensed version of Mr. Ravi Raj Singh’s research report in part fulfillment of the requirements for the MSc degree in Supply Chain Management at Assumption University.

Vilasinee Srisarkun

Dr. Vilasinee Srisarkun is a lecturer in MSc program in Supply Chain Management, Martin de Tours School of Management and Economics at Assumption University. Corresponding author