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Improving Chemical Substance Management

 

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2014.

Basic Approach

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.

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Outline of Activities in FY2013

Chemical substance management

We are surely managing chemical substances in the whole Fujifilm group, including Fuji Xerox and TOYAMA CHEMICAL based on the management rules for handling chemical substances introduced by Fujifilm in 1995.

Since we need to acquire information on newly regulated substances and substances anticipated being regulated in the future at the early stage, Fujifilm has fully started the operation to confirm information on chemical substances that require attention in product design and development, and information on relevant laws and regulations, by use of the chemical substance information datasheet for raw materials (JAMP MSDSplus)*1, which has been widely disseminated in the supply chain in recent years. We made and updated the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)*2 for 280 chemical products for continued information disclosure.

In order to ensure a precise and efficient response to the increasing number of laws and regulations, Fuji Xerox is preparing to introduce a consolidated information management system for chemical substances at all its affiliated companies (i.e. All Fuji Xerox). In order to develop this system to All Fuji Xerox, it has been upgraded and extended the chemical substance information system which Fujifilm introduced in 2009. At the same time, the risk assessment method defined in the management rules on chemical substances has been revised through trials to match the method adopted at Fujifilm. In FY2014, we will introduce this chemical substance information management system to All Fuji Xerox, and will develop the revised management rules across them.

We will apply the Fujifilm’s knowledge on the management of chemical substances to the whole Fujifilm group widely. And we will enhance the communication between companies in the group to ensure the management of chemical substances for the whole group in an effective way.

Management of chemical substances contained in products

The scope of regulation for chemical substances such as the RoHS Directive and the REACH Regulation is being expanded in each country. We continue our activities to ensure product compliance.

Fujifilm is using the information communication framework proposed by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) for the management of information on chemical substances contained in products. In FY2013, with an information management system based on this framework, we started to share information on chemical substances contained in articles with our overseas subsidiaries. We maintain high level of the utilizing rate of the information management system by promoting use of this system in the supply chain and by supporting our suppliers based on consideration for individual situation of each supplier.

For a full response to legal changes, since FY2012 Fuji Xerox started a review of the audit method that enables us to assess the state of chemical substances management at our suppliers and assessment of the issues by the suppliers themselves. We conducted audits on all suppliers in FY2013 to assess the management level in each company. In FY2014, we will focus on upgrading chemical substance management at all of our suppliers by providing support and guidance to suppliers whom we judged to request improvement of their management.

  • *1 Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP): A crossindustry organization established in 2006 to ensure smooth communication and management of information on chemical substances contained in products throughout the supply chain.
  • *2 Safety Data Sheet (SDS): Datasheet to supply information related to the characteristics and handling of chemical products.

Classification Criteria 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
C2
  • Notifications and/or approval is required by laws and regulations
  • Particularly hazardous (carcinogen, explosive, etc.)
  • Limited handling based on management policy (lead compounds, etc.)
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

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2014.

Related Information

A Code of Conduct has been established to instill environmental awareness in each and every employee.

Enhancing the quality of life and the sustainable development of society.

The entire Fujifilm Group is striving for environmental quality in products, services and corporate activities.



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