Midlands hand car washes inspected in scheme to protect workers

Thirty hand car washes in the Midlands are to be inspected and audited this month as part of an industry-led pilot project tackling modern slavery and lack of compliance within the hand car wash industry.

A statement released by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) yesterday, revealed they will carry out 10 of the inspections with a further 10 conducted by the industry and 10 through joint inspections as part of the Responsible Car Wash Scheme (RCWS) project.

Five major supermarkets have backed the scheme, which will see investigators check that operators are protecting their workers, trading legally, adhering to environmental regulations, and taking care of customers and their vehicles, with fully compliant operators accredited and able to display a RCW Operator logo.

The sector was named by director of labour market enforcement Sir David Metcalf as at risk of non-compliance with a raft of regulations and legislation.

The RCWS has been developed by the Downstream Fuel Association alongside the GLAA, police, Health and Safety Executive, HM Revenue and Customs, Environment Agency and the Car Wash Association. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda and Waitrose are all supporting the scheme.

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