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Responsible Care Initiatives

Chemical Safety Initiatives

Comprehensive management of chemical substances throughout the product lifecycle

Toward achieving the goal of zero legal and social problems related to chemical substances throughout the lifecycle of products from the R&D stage to disposal at the end of the product's service life, Nippon Shokubai is committed to the proper management of chemicals and implements a variety of initiatives, including upgrading our internal systems to comply with national and international laws and regulations related to chemical products, and providing customers with information on relevant laws and regulations as well as product safety information.

Ensuring the safety of new products

We have introduced a gate system at each stage from R&D to commercialization. We apply our technical expertise to examine the safety of chemical products throughout the product lifecycle and determine at each stage whether to proceed to the next stage.

Gate System

Product Safety Initiatives

We prepare GHS-compliant SDSs, warning labels, and Yellow Cards and provide information to customers while providing training sessions for our employees. Regarding application-specific products used in pharmaceutical raw materials, pesticides, cosmetics and food additives, our Product Safety Review Sub-committee conducts strict checks while ensuring compliance with the Product Liability Act.


Sample SDS

Sample warning label

Addressing import/export controls

To ensure legal compliance regarding imports and exports, we have streamlined our process for strengthening company regulations, keeping our employees informed about whether a product has been subject to import/export restrictions and improving our shipping management system for coordination with our enterprise resource planning (ERP) backbone accounting system. We also conduct regular internal training on import/export management.

Accommodating chemical registration requirements within and outside Japan

In collaboration with specialized institutions and our Group companies outside Japan, we are responding appropriately to laws and regulations that require us to register chemical substances, including the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulations of their Manufacture, etc. and the Industrial Safety and Health Act in Japan, as well as TSCA in the United States and REACH in Europe.

Establishment of a chemical substance management system

We are implementing a comprehensive chemical substance management system that can respond quickly to risk assessments, the issuance of SDS, and surveys from customers querying us on the chemical content of our products. We have created and launched this system by providing centralized management of various types of information encompassing chemicals, raw materials, hazardous materials, and regulations, and are continuously committed to updating the information and improving the system functions.

Promoting a voluntary initiative of the JCIA

We participate in GPS/JIPS, a voluntary initiative for strengthening chemical management promoted by the Japan Chemical Industry Association, which prepares and releases a safety summary to the public.

Definitions

GHS
An abbreviation for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, GHS reflects the physical, health and environmental hazards of chemicals determined in accordance with international standards. Under this system, chemical products identified as presenting a hazard are categorized according to international standards and displayed on containers and in the respective SDS. Countries around the world have also introduced this system on the recommendation of the United Nations. This system is enforced in Japan through the Industrial Safety and Health Act.
GPS/JIPS
To achieve the UN-mandated goal of “minimizing chemical risks to human health and the environment from manufacturing and using chemical products with the aim of achieving the targets by 2020,” the chemical industry is strengthening its chemical management on a global scale (Global Product Strategy, or GPS). The Japan Chemical Industry Association is promoting an initiative named Japan Initiative of Product Stewardship (JIPS) in Japan which conducts risk evaluations of chemicals, prepares safety summaries that clearly list the results of the evaluations and releases this information to the general public to improve public awareness.
SDSSafety Data Sheet)
The Safety Data Sheet lists a chemical’s properties as well as data on its hazards, applicable laws, proper handling and transportation requirements, and specific emergency response measures in a prescribed format. We prepare an SDS for each of the products we manufacture and develop and provide them to our customers. We are implementing a system for distributing these documents to all employees through our chemical substance management system.
Yellow Card
Carriers who transport hazardous products must carry a yellow card for reporting information about their cargo to fire squads in the event of an accident. The yellow card lists a product’s hazards, first aid procedures in an accident, and emergency contact information. As part of its promotion of RC, the Japan Chemical Industry Association prepares and manages guidelines on the procedures for preparing a yellow card in order to strengthen first aid measures in the event of an accident.