Worker safety is a high priority. But, safety from harmful substances is often overlooked. 4-8,000 chemicals, in countless formulations, enter the apparel and footwear supply chains. Regulations vary by location and change regularly.
New technologies and scientific data make it nearly impossible for manufacturers or employers keep up. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification system that tests every component of the workwear for chemical substances that are harmful to health. Quality assurance checks are built into the annual certification and standards are updated regularly to stay ahead of industry and legal changes.
Products that have been completely and successfully tested are awarded the STANDARD 100 label for clear and verifiable communication.
Ben Mead serves as the Managing Director of Hohenstein Institute America. In this role, he serves as the company’s liaison with government agencies, industry collaborations and trade associations.
He also oversees OEKO-TEX® responsibilities for the U.S.
Prior to joining Hohenstein in 2014, Ben consulted with various brands and industry associations, including Textile Exchange and AFIRM. In those roles, Ben established partnerships with industry leaders and experts to increase industry engagement in green chemistry and sustainable textile processing.
While working for Nike, Ben helped develop a restricted substances program and was involved in the implementation of sustainable materials and water programs.
Ben holds degrees in Chemistry and Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University and a certificate in Green Chemistry from the University of Washington.