Improving Chemical Substance Management
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2013.
Because the Fujifilm Group manufactures a wide range of products such as chemical products, functional materials, optical devices, office equipment, and medical equipment, etc., we have established and implement management rules according to the respective composition and manufacturing processes of our products, from the perspective of management of the handling of chemical substances and management of information on chemical substances.
Since 2010, in our Medium-Term CSR Plan, we have been making efforts for the priority issues of establishing and disseminating the framework to acquire, manage ,and communicate information on chemical substances contained in products along the supply chain and enhancing our system to acquire information on laws and regulations in each country and region around the world accurately, and to ensure response efficiently.
Outline of Activities in Fiscal 2012
Briefings of the information management system for chemical substances in products to suppliers at FUJIFILM Logistics
Fujifilm established its rules on the management of chemical substances in 1995, and has set down the classification criteria of each chemical substance based on laws and regulations, hazards and management policy, and set down the method of handling according to each classification. In addition, TOYAMA CHEMICAL and Fuji Xerox in the Fujifilm Group also share these classification criteria, and we are promoting consistency in our management of chemical substances. All the chemical substances used in manufacturing processes are registered in a database and the status of their use is monitored. We continue to manage chemical substances properly based on the latest information such as newly registering or updating information on several hundreds of data in fiscal 2012.
We are using the information communication framework proposed by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP)(*1) for the management of information on chemical substances contained in products. In fiscal 2012, toward the promotion of usage of the information management system that we introduced in 2010, as well as conducting briefings to suppliers, we also made efforts with suppliers for solving issues on communicating information on chemical substances. As a result, we were able to greatly improve the rate of usage of the information management system. We have been participating in JAMP since its foundation, and we are also involved in its activities to build the framework to communicate information on chemical substances and to disseminate the framework internationally. In fiscal 2012, we conducted presentations to explain case examples of the framework proposed by JAMP at conferences held in China and Korea and conducted efforts to promote understanding on the framework.
Regarding the safety data sheet used as a means to communicate safety information on chemical products to our customers, we are communicating not only information on chemical substances required by laws and regulations in place, but information on a broad range of chemical substances to our customers, and we have been continuously disclosing such information on our website. Furthermore, we are also participating in JIPS(*2), a voluntary activity to disclose safety information on chemical products broadly to society as a whole, and we released the safety summaries on mixtures (chemicals made up of two or more different substances).
- *1 Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP): A crossindustry organization established in 2006 for the purpose of smooth communication and management of information on chemical substances contained in products throughout the supply chain.
- *2 Japan Initiative of Product Stewardship (JIPS): A voluntary activity conducted by companies to disclose information and conduct risk assessment of chemical products promoted by the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), for the purpose of sound chemical management throughout the entire supply chain.
Classification Crieteria for Chemical Substances and Management Practice Based on the classification
(Classification criteria: Hazard, laws and regulations in Japan and overseas, and management policy)
|Classification||Classification criteria||Management practice|
|C0||Prohibited by laws and regulations and management policy||(Prohibited)|
|C1||Discontinue usage, reduce amount of usage or reduce emissions based on management policy (hexavalent chromium, formalin, and dichloromethane, etc.)||Discontinue usage, or reduce amount of usage or emissions|
||Enclose or restrictive management|
|C3||Specified laws or regulations applied, or having specified hazards||Management based on risk assessment|
|C4||Classification other than C0 to C3||General management (management based on MSDS and laws and regulations)|
|S||Specially managed substances: No relevant laws, regulations or hazards data but potential risk is concerned.||Start research for replacement or reduction of usage amount, emission or exposure|
At Fuji Xerox, we are putting efforts into conducting consistent management of chemical substances throughout Fuji Xerox and its affiliates, both within Japan and overseas, based upon the safety classification across the entire Fujifilm Group, as well as conducting management of the chemical substances contained in products and enhancing our response to regulations on chemical substances, which are increasing worldwide.
In fiscal 2012, we reviewed our method of auditing the management of chemical substances contained in articles at our suppliers. We have enhanced the items included among the previous document screening items which confirm implementation of the framework, and we have also begun to actively conduct auditing in the workplace.
In addition, in accordance with the expansion of production and sales in China, we are proceeding with the establishment of information collection bases to more speedily and reliably respond to laws and regulations. We have established a system to comprehensively collect information by establishing information routes from the government and local industrial associations. Regarding notifications on new chemical substances, we have established a system which can be implemented by our local subsidiaries in China which has both speeded up process for the notifications and reduced the costs for them. In the future we intend to continue to strengthen our system for effective and reliable response to laws and regulations.
Focus on Activities
Enhancing our system to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, to respond to the expansion of our global business
Based on the increasing safety requirements with regards to electrical and electronic products, and the enhancement of worldwide regulations on chemical substances, the number of new or revised environmental and safety regulations to be reviewed on the point of relation to the products has doubled in the past several years. In addition, approx. one-fifth of these legal documents are written in languages other than Japanese, English or Chinese, and along with the increase in laws and regulations, the handle of different languages is becoming an issue. A correct understanding of the laws and the regulations written in each country or region's language is necessary to ensure compliance, and collaboration with our subsidiaries overseas is essential.
In fiscal 2012, as part of our response to the particularly fast progress in new legislation occurring in emerging countries, we built a mechanism for discussions on response and information exchange regarding legislation relating to the environment and safety with our offices in the U.A.E., India and Brazil, etc., to enhance our system for compliance with laws and regulations. We continue to enhance our system for compliance with laws and regulations in response to the globalization of our business.
Hopes for the Fujifilm Group's Chemical Substance Management as a Company involved in Manufacturing at the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Stages
Environment and Energy Division 2,
Mizuho Information & Research
Currently ser ves as chairman of the JAMP Management Guideline Creation Committee. Previously involved in the formulation of JIS Z 7201:2012. Engaged in related consultation work and research to realize the aspiration of sound management of chemical substances in products throughout the entire supply chain.
Any company involved in manufacturing needs to take measures for the management of chemical substances, but the content and key points for management vary depending on the type of relationship with chemical substances the company has. The Fujifilm Group is conducting chemical substance management according to the type of procured goods, manufacturing process and products as a company positioned in upstream, midstream and downstream. These measures provide a good example which is of reference to other companies conducting chemical substance management.
It is of great significance that the Fujifilm Group is actively involved in building a common management framework and promoting its dissemination, as autonomous efforts in the industry, and I would like to see the continuation of these activities in the future. In particular, the communication of information is essential to the management of chemical substances throughout the entire supply chain, and if the burden of this can be reduced by improving the efficiency of communicating information, this will also lead to the promotion of sound management throughout the entire supply chain.
While chemical substances are essential to daily life, it is somewhat difficult for a company to highlight the management of chemical substances which have an inherent level of hazardousness, but I would like to think that the mention of "improving" in the title was chosen to encapsulate the Fujifilm Group's intention of going on to conduct even more sound management of such substances in the future. I hope to see even higher levels of chemical substance management from the Fujifilm Group in the future.
Response to the third-party opinion
In manufacturing, a wide variety of chemical substances are used in a diverse array of ways. The title here incorporates our intention to continuously improve our management of chemical substances based upon the latest information. In order to conduct sound chemical substance management throughout the lifecycle of our products, we need the cooperation of our entire supply chain. We believe that the framework of common management will not only reduce the burden on each individual company in the supply chain, but will also promote the accurate communication of information and therefore we are actively promoting the use and dissemination of this framework. We keep exerting efforts for the management of chemical substances across the entire supply chain.
(Ecology and Quali t y Management, CSR Division, FUJIFILM Corporation)
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2013.