SAFETY IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO: DRIVEN BY LEADERSHIP AND APPLIED THROUGHOUT OUR ORGANISATION
Health, Safety and the Environment are important to Castrol. As a customer or Castrol distributor, we aim to ensure that your operations have minimal or no adverse effects on health or the environment. A defined framework of tools and processes within our operating management system (OMS) guides our daily actions and approach, and embeds a sense of responsibility at a personal level. Castrol employees are individually and collectively responsible for ensuring that we meet our own standards as well as your expectations of us, to:
- Ensure a safe and secure working environment
- Understand and follow the correct systems, procedures and conduct
People working for our distributors and contractor companies are expected to demonstrate the highest prioritisation of health, safety and environmental care at all times, which is why we enforce HSE policy and a process of operational management:
- HSE Policy: Everyone who works for Castrol has a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) responsibility
- Product Stewardship: We aim to reduce the risks posed by our products at all stages of the lifecycle
We embed health and safety into our daily operations, including blend plants, storage and transportation processes. We comply with all applicable international, regional and national laws and we constantly look at ways to reduce the environmental impact of operations at our production and administration sites worldwide, for example through site certification such as ISO 14001.
We focus on the safe use of our products and work closely with government agencies, the scientific community and regulators to develop and enhance product health and safety standards. We participate in working groups and industry trade associations:
- American Petroleum Institute
- Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (China)
- CONCAWE, the oil industry’s association for the Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe
- European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals
- European Chemical Industry Council
- OECD Clearinghouse on New Chemicals
- US National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
We comply in full with all international, national and regional laws regulations governing the handling of chemicals, aimed at protecting human health and the environment, and our internal product stewardship standards.
- Product registration (e.g. REACH in the EU)
- Classification and labelling (e.g. ADR, DOT, IMDG, IATA and the new GHS)
- Packaging and transportation guidelines (e.g. ADR, DOT, IMDG, IATA)
- Storage guidelines (usually defined at local level)
- Product reporting within safety data sheets (SDSs) and Tremcards (e.g. REACH and GHS)*
- Disposal guidelines (e.g. greenhouse and ozone-depletion regulations)
REACH and GHS have generated, and will continue to generate changes across the chemical industry:
- REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) stipulates that almost all chemical substances that are either imported into or manufactured within the EU must be registered. It applies to the chemical industry’s entire supply chain.
- The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a United Nations initiative that provides a common basis for hazard classification and communication about the supply, transport and use of chemicals with the aim of removing the previous significant variations.
- The European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) redefines the classification criteria for the physical, toxicological and environmental properties of substances and mixtures and harmonises hazards-related communication.
Our Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) play a key role in communicating hazards along the supply chain. In addition to their current content, our SDSs also outline identified uses and exposure scenarios, and provide advice on safe handling. Castrol is fully aware of the relevant obligations and complies with their legal requirements.