Our Products

An essential part of our product development cycle is the evaluation of each product for health, safety and environmental hazards and regulatory compliance. 

In 2015, our U.S. operations completed efforts to classify the hazards of our products and prepare product labels according to the United Nations Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as adopted by the United States under 29 CFR 1910.1200.  The project began in 2013, and was successfully completed only through cooperation and support from employees across multiple departments and the participation of all of our activated carbon manufacturing and reactivation sites.  As a result, we were able to make several improvements across our U.S. operations:

  • Organized communication and training, including creation of an internal webpage for efficient access to Product Safety related information. 
  • Centralized management and location of all product Safety Data Sheets and accompanying labels.
  • Standardized source, format and printing equipment and supplies for product labels. 

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With our commitment to Responsible Care®, we continued implementation of the Product Safety Code in our U.S. operations to ensure the safety and stewardship of our products.  The code outlines eleven necessary management practices and enables systemic product evaluation, demonstrates continuous improvement of product safety while improving communications and influencing product safety throughout our value chain.  With the first three management practices of the code implemented in 2014, processes were developed and implemented in 2015 to fulfill the following four practices:

  • Develop and maintain information on safety, health and environmental hazards, intended product uses and exposures for new and existing products.
  • Risk characterization of products based on product information.  
  • Product safety management to identify, implement, document, and communicate measures to manage product risks.
  • Management of new information that may impact risk characterization and product safety management.

Using these processes, we completed the risk characterization and product safety management of our high priority products.  Action plans were initiated for any instance where risks were inadequately managed as identified and required by the Product Safety Committee. 

The Product Safety Committee will complete implementation of the Product Safety Code in 2016 by developing the necessary processes for the remaining management practices:

  • Product design and improvement that considers health, safety, and environmental impacts in the innovation, design, development and improvement of products, their manufacture and uses.
  • Value chain communication, cooperation and outreach to work with value chain participants to foster product safety management and information exchange.
  • Information sharing to provide publically available product safety and stewardship information as appropriate.
  • Routine monitoring and assessment of product safety and stewardship information to drive continuous performance improvements and corrective actions when necessary. 

Also completed in 2015 was the initiation of a new product review process which ensures a formal review of new products with cross-functional considerations prior to approval.  The process allows for a structured framework to review new products, and we developed an objective and target to further improve the process in 2016.  The objective structures the SDS and label authoring process and the Management of Change process earlier in the framework than currently established to allow for more effective environmental and safety review in the process.  We look forward to reporting on our progress toward this objective in future reports.