Eastman

​​Product Stewardship

At Eastman, we believe it is our responsibility to develop new molecules, products, and applications to address disruptive macro trends at the molecular level, making a difference in everyday lives and enhancing the quality of life around the world. Eastman strives to ensure we manufacture products that are safe for our employees to handle and for our customers to use.

Eastman has a dedicated Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) team reporting into the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer’s organization. The PSRA team maintains a rigorous product safety review process which leads product safety reviews and product registrations to ensure that our products are among the safest and most effective materials on the market. Our process includes review of the latest regulatory and toxicology information, preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and other product- and application related information.

Eastman closely monitors the laws and regulations that affect our products. We also actively pursue third party certifications for sustainable products in markets that value an independent perspective on Eastman’s holistic approach to chemical management. Eastman’s commitment to being responsible stewards of people and the environment can be seen through our many safety and compliance efforts, including, but not limited to:

Responsible Care® Product Safety Code – As a manufacturer of chemicals since 1920 and a Responsible Care® company for more than 25 years, Eastman has pledged to adhere to the Responsible Care Product Safety Code. This code drives continuous improvement in chemical management. Eastman is committed to delivering products that are safe for their intended use throughout the life of the product. The Product Safety Code goes beyond regulatory requirements to give consumers confidence in the safety of the products that they use and rely on every day

Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) – Eastman supports the implementation of the LCSA amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) insomuch as it is fully grounded in high quality science and risk-based decisions. Promoting timely market entry of new chemicals which have undergone a comprehensive risk evaluation is critical to the success of the new law. Eastman supports the EPA as it endeavors to restore consumer, government and value chain confidence in the safe management of chemicals.

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) – Eastman actively supports the objectives of the European Union’s REACH program, including assessing the hazards of chemicals and carrying out comprehensive risk assessments for chemicals to protect human health and the environment.

International Chemical Control Law – Like the European Union’s REACH program, many countries/regions have established industrial chemical control laws and have implemented national industrial chemical inventories to manage chemicals in commerce in the region. Eastman actively supports certain governmental chemical management programs and advocates for realistic chemical control programs that both protect the environment and its people while encouraging innovation and sustainable use of natural resources.

Supporting a Sustainable Portfolio – Active engagement in chemical management at the corporate and country level provides opportunities for the Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs team to pro-actively work with Eastman’s technology organization to redesign products containing substances of potential concern, where technically feasible.

High Production Volume (HPV) chemical testing program — Eastman continues to participate and support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) High Production Volume challenge. This voluntary program is designed to collect toxicity information on chemicals and assist the EPA in determining whether the material is safe for human health and the environment and make that information available to the public.

GHS implementation – Many countries around the world continue to adopt the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). As a global company, Eastman supports the use of GHS hazard classification for its products to meet the requirements of every country adopting this system. Global Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs communicates hazards pertaining to chemical substances to our customers via Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other product-related information. Safety Data Sheets will be prepared in compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the U.N.’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and/or country-specific requirements.

Third Party certifications — Sustainable material solutions are at the heart of Eastman’s innovation platforms and are a critical driver of the companies accelerating innovation strategy. Eastman’s overarching chemical management process supports independent third-party certifications that provide a holistic approach to protecting people and the environment.

Welfare of laboratory animals  Welfare of laboratory animals — Eastman Chemical Company is committed to ensuring the safety of our products to our customers, employees, communities and the environment. To maintain this commitment and comply with regulatory requirements, Eastman may find it necessary to conduct studies that include the use of laboratory animals. When such studies are necessary, Eastman utilizes a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that is based upon the principles of the “three Rs”, which serve to refine, reduce, and replace the use of laboratory animals. This SOP facilitates the efficient use of laboratory animals, and requires humane handling practices to be followed at all times. Requests for further information can be submitted to ​productstewardship@eastman.com.

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