Safety, Compliance, Stewardship & Standards

Safety is at the heart of everything Castrol does, driven by our leadership and applied through our operating management system.

We also aim to ensure that, as a customer or distributor of Castrol, your operations have minimal or no adverse effects on  health or the environment. 

Within our operating management system (OMS), our policy provides a defining framework for various tools and processes that steer our daily actions and approach, as well as embedding a sense of responsibility at a personal level. 

Each and every employee at Castrol is both individually and collectively responsible for ensuring that we meet our own standards as well as your expectations of us.

One of the cornerstones of our OMS policy is the reduction or elimination of work-related illnesses, injuries and incidents. Our basic tenets stipulate that all of our people must:
  • Have a safe and secure working environment
  • Understand and follow the correct systems, procedures and conduct
  • Work within an organization that demonstrates strong visible leadership and rewards correct behaviours
Castrol also expects people working for its distributors and contractor companies to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates 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 us, anywhere, is responsible for getting Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) right
  • Product Stewardship: At Castrol, a strong sense of product stewardship helps us manage the impact of our operations by aiming to minimize the risks posed by our products at all stages of the life cycle

Production standards

The occupational health and safety of our employees, and environmental protection in general, are just as important to us as they are to our customers. Our global, integrated safety-management system helps us achieve these goals by embedding health and safety into our daily operations, including blend plants, storage and transportation processes.

We comply with all applicable international, regional and national laws.

At all of our production and administration sites worldwide, we are constantly looking at ways to minimize the environmental impact of our operations through site certification, for instance ISO 14001.


We work closely with government agencies and the scientific community to advance knowledge about the safe use of our products. We also work with regulators to develop and enhance product health and safety standards and participate in the following working groups or 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

Chemical legislation

Many laws and regulations have been introduced to give our industry greater responsibility in the handling of chemicals. The objective is to protect human health and the environment. We comply in full with all international, national and regional laws, plus our internal product stewardship standards. This includes:
  • 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 in the form of safety data sheets (SDSs) and Tremcards (e.g. REACH and GHS)*
  • Disposal guidelines (e.g. greenhouse and ozone-depletion regulations)
Two regulations, REACH and GHS, have caused, and will continue to cause, tremendous changes within the entire chemical industry:
  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) stipulates that almost all chemical substances that are either imported into or manufactured within the EU must be registered, and applies to the chemical industry’s entire supply chain.
  • The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a United Nations initiative that all countries or regions in the world are encouraged to implement. The GHS provides a common basis for hazard classification and communication for the supply, transport and use of chemicals with the aim of removing the previous significant variations. To date, more than 65 countries have adopted the GHS, or are in the process of doing so and Castrol monitors GHS implementation in the countries in which we operate, and updates hazard communication documentation as necessary.
  • 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.
These regulations are paving the way to a much greater understanding of the impact of chemical substances on human health and the environment. This impact will be communicated along the supply chain. Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s) will play a key role in this information transfer.

In addition to their current content, these SDS’s will 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.

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