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Compliance with global chemical control regulations is essential to for the marketability and safe handling of our chemicals and products along the value chain.
LANXESS has an electronic safety data system to ensure compliance with both mandatory and voluntary control requirements. Material safety data sheets in 43 languages inform our customers worldwide about substance data and the safety measures that are necessary when using the relevant chemicals. We regularly adapt our electronic safety data system to reflect changes to the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) in various countries. The GHS is a system under the umbrella of the United Nations that aims to harmonize existing classification and labeling systems used in various sectors such as transportation and consumer, employee and environmental protection. We observe regional variations in the implementation of the GHS such as the European Union’s CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) regulation.
We expressly support the goal of the E.U. REACH regulation to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment. We have so far pre-registered or registered all the substances that are relevant for LANXESS with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by the stipulated deadlines. As the end of the third deadline on May 31, 2018, all approx. 1,000 substances we produce in or import into Europe in amounts exceeding one metric ton will have been registered in line with the REACH process. Registration involves the systematic evaluation of all essential information concerning our substances and their uses. In doing this, we consider the entire product life cycle and specify safe conditions of use. Within the context of a voluntary commitment made by the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) in 1997 to record and assess substances, we go beyond the legal requirements to determine a meaningful basic data set for our intermediates as well, in line with the REACH regulation.
Similar chemical control regulations to those in the E.U. now apply in many other countries, and they are continuing to grow in number. Before manufacturing or exporting our products in a given country, we examine their marketability in accordance with the chemicals legislation in force there. We register our substances and products in line with local requirements and support the substance analysis programs of the responsible authorities by supplying all available information and collecting new data if necessary. Our experience of the REACH process helps us here. At present, we face stricter requirements, particularly in the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the U.S.