Product stewardship includes how we communicate information on the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of products.
Key elements in our product stewardship programme include:
- New product introduction assessment. Before we launch new products, we ensure that they comply with or exceed all applicable safety legislation and meet our internal standards. Our products are assessed to identify any potential health, safety or environmental hazards, and to verify compliance with product safety and chemical control legislation in intended markets. The assessment considers the potential for health or environmental impacts across the product life-cycle from product development to manufacturing, distribution, industrial or consumer use, to eventual recovery or disposal. In 2012, we assessed more than 1,300 raw materials used in our lubricant products globally.
We have a stringent policy governing sensitive chemicals to prevent illegal or illicit use
We advise on safety procedures when handling lubricants and metalworking fluids. This helps you to minimise any risks that may arise when your employees use our products
We communicate information to customers on hazards and risks associated with products and safe handling advice using safety data sheets (SDS’s) and container labelling
Our SDS’s need to comply with the complex and differing legislative requirements that apply in the markets in which we operate around the world. In 2012, we assessed 7,036 products and provided 53,167 new or updated SDS’s to businesses, for distribution to customers.
In total, we have more than 80,000 SDS’s available for our products in around 40 languages.