Like our overall safety processes, Eastman goes above and beyond to ensure we manufacture products that are safe for our employees to handle and for our customers to use.
Eastman maintains a rigorous product safety review process, including a dedicated Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs team, which leads intensive product safety reviews 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 and preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other product-related information.
Eastman closely monitors the laws and regulations that affect our products, and in many cases, we work to exceed the standards set by them. We also actively pursue governmental and nongovernmental “green” or “eco-certifications” for sustainable products that meet those criteria. We are actively involved in many safety and compliance efforts, including:
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. As a leader in REACH efforts, Eastman’s method for coding stakeholder status in Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEF) was adopted by European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) as a means to increase effectiveness.
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.
Responsible Care Product Safety Code — As a Responsible Care® company, Eastman has pledged to adhere to the newly introduced Responsible Care Product Safety Code, which marks a continuing commitment to delivering products that can be managed and used safely through their end of life. 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.
GHS implementation — Many countries around the world are adopting the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). As a global company, Eastman ensures that GHS hazard classifications and labeling of its products meet the requirements of every country that has adopted this system.
Green certifications — Eastman recognizes the need in the market to develop sustainable products. Many Eastman products are designed to meet the new standards for “green” or other “eco-certifications.” Much of the testing that is performed by the Product Stewardship group is used to support these certifications.
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