FUJIFILM Holdings

CSR Activity Report │ Environment│Ensure Product and Chemical Safety (Priority Issue 4)

Enhancing the Management of Chemical Substances

(FUJIFILM’s Activities)

The Fujifilm Group is committed to reducing the risks from chemical substances, specifying that enhancing the management of chemical substances and those contained in products is one of the action guidelines based on the Fujifilm Group Green Policy. To achieve this, we assess the impact of our products on the natural environment throughout their entire life cycle, the safety of our customers when using products, the safety of our employees when producing products, and so on. 
The chemical management  has two aspects. One is to ensure the safe handling of chemical substances. The other is to obtain and accurately understand the information of chemical substances contained in raw materials, parts, and products throughout their life cycle. Therefore, we strive to enhance the level of safety management when handling chemical substances by improving the accuracy of risk assessment methodologies and ensuring the strict compliance of safety management rules. In addition, we actively promote communication about the information of chemical substances in our supply chain and implement voluntary standards and rules ahead of official regulations for chemical substances to enhance the management of contained chemical substances.

Mechanism of the Comprehensive Management of Chemical Substances 

Related Standards and Regulations
  • Standards for chemical substances management (Rules for Environmental and Safety Management of Chemical Substances, Rules for Management of Chemical Substances Contained in Articles)

  • Standards for environmental safety management and operational management at workplace (Procedures for Risk Assessment and Management of Chemical Substances; Guidelines for the management of chemical substances in products)

  • Standards for product management (Rules for Design for Environment)

Scope of Chemical Substances Subject to Safety Management

Chemical substances and mixtures
(about 11,000 types of chemical substances)

  1. Raw materials  for the products sold/offered by Fujifilm and its affiliates
  2. Chemical products
  3. Solvents, raw materials, and intermediates used in production based on the formula of Fujifilm or its affiliates
  4. Chemical substances relating to the operation, control, and maintenance of production equipment and facilities
  5. Chemical substances for research, development, and testing activities

Chemical substances contained in articles

Chemical substances contained in article products made from chemicals, packaging materials, and devices and euipments that should be managed

Categories and Classification Criteria for Chemical Substances

Based on the following classification, we manage all chemical substances handled by Fujifilm, including those relating to the operation and maintenance of production facilities such as cleaning fluids as well as those contained in raw materials for products.

Categories, Classification Criteria, and Management Conditions for Chemical Substances and Mixtures
Category*1 Criteria Management conditions  
S0

1.Banned on use by laws and regulations

2.Subject to the Fujifilm Management Policy 

Prohibited from use
S1

1. Banned on use by laws and regulations after a grace period

2. Subject to the Fujifilm Management Policy 

Substitute
S2 Subject to the Fujifilm Management Policy  Reduce the usage or the emissions
S3 Candidates banned on use by laws and regulations in the future Plan to substitute
S4 Serious hazard has been confirmed Alternative substances should be considered
No category Other chemical substances except those identified as Categories S0 - S4

 

*1 These categories are specific to Fujifilm to manage chemical substances considering the possibility of ban on use by laws, regulations, and industry standards as well as the Fujifilm Management Policy.

Categories and Classification Criteria for Chemical Substances Contained in Articles
Categories Classification Criteria
Restricted chemical substances Banned or restricted inclusion of chemical substances into articles by laws, regulations, or policies
Chemical substances subject to confirmation of their contents Monitored and regulated inclusion of chemical substances contained in articles

About Our Management of Chemical Substances

We conduct the appropriate and strict management of chemical substances at each stage of planning, development, commercialization, production, and marketing, according to various risks associated with the features of our business. 

Information Collection/Implementation of Safety Testing and Evaluation 
We collect necessary information from SDSs, chemSHERPA-CI data, AISs, and chemSHERPA-AI data. When the safety information of chemical substances and products are not sufficient, we will obtain additional information through testing and assessments at the Safety Evaluation Center.

Risk Assessments/Management of Chemical Substances 
We identify risks by assessments on the entire life cycle of products, and classify and manage chemical substances.

Creation of Raw Material/Product Data
We create information sheets for raw materials and products (SDSs, chemSHERPA-CI data, AISs, chemSHERPA-AI data, etc.)

We conduct the appropriate and strict management of chemical substances at each stage of planning, development, commercialization, production, and marketing, according to various risks associated with the features of our business.

Environmental Conservation at Factories 
We actively promote environmental preservation at production sites, etc. as one of the priority issues under the Fujifilm Group Green Policy.

Safety Evaluation of Chemical Substances 
We strictly conducts the appropriate management of chemical substances in the entire process of planning, development, commercialization, production, and marketing.

By responding to the needs of society and continuously making leading efforts, we are committed to conducting the strict management of chemical substances contained in products on a global basis and sharing information with our business partners and customers. 

Global Trends on the Management of Chemical Substances
In order to respond to the needs of society, the Fujifilm Group strives to implement the sophisticated and systematic management of chemical substances across the Group, including the establishment of frameworks, operational rules, and systems, by constantly making leading efforts in compliance with global laws and regulations. 

Information Management for the Entire Supply Chain 
In order to promptly, appropriately, and efficiently respond to the management of chemical substances required by global laws and regulations, it is necessary to ensure information sharing across the supply chain. To achieve this, the establishment of effective frameworks for information sharing is essential. 
Because the Fujifilm Group handles all areas of the supply chain, such as raw materials, parts/components, and finished products, the scope of issues to be addressed is enormous. We have been participating in the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (“JAMP”) since its establishment, which aims to establish a mechanism to share the effective management system of chemical substances contained in products across industries. As a major member company of the JAMP, we support and promote the chemSHERPA scheme, which is a scheme to facilitate the sharing of information on contained chemical substances across a supply chain. Through collaboration with its business partners, such as upstream companies (i.e., chemical manufacturers), midstream companies (i.e., article manufacturers for parts and components), and downstream companies (i.e., assembly manufacturers for finished products), we strive to enhance the chemSHERPA scheme and facilitate the collection and disclosure of necessary information.

Flow of Information on Contained Chemical Substances across the Supply Chain

Establishment and Sharing of the Integrated Management System for Chemical Substances within the Group
We actively address the re-establishment of existing systems and databases as well as the revision of global operation rules for stricter regulations for the management of chemical substances/contained chemical substances such as the REACH Regulation*1, the RoHS Directive*2, and the GHS*3. In 2010, we launched the re-established management system for chemical substances. In 2011, we introduced a management system in conformance with the information-sharing scheme promoted by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (“JAMP”). With this management system, we will enhance the sharing of information on chemical substances among Fujifilm and its affiliates, governance within the Group, management efficiency, as well as the management of chemical substances across the supply chain.

*1 REACH Regulation (The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals): An EU regulation for the management of chemical substances. This regulation addresses not only new chemical substances but also existing chemical substances and those contained in articles (such as devices, machines, and equipment).

*2 RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive): an EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

*3 GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals): A globally harmonized system for the classification and labeling of chemical substances/mixtures. The system applies globally unified rules for classification and labeling of hazardous chemical products to their safety labels and safety data sheets.

Compliance with the GHS Requirements 
We revised all SDS data in compliance with the GHS by December 2010.

[picture]Product Safety Data Sheet” website

“Product Safety Data Sheet” website

Provision of Information on Contained Chemical Substances through SDSs, chemSHERPA-CI Data, chemSHERPA-AI Data, and AISs

From early on, the Fujifilm Group has been actively committed to the strict management and information disclosure of chemical substances. We not only prepare SDS data on chemical products but also voluntarily create unique AIS (Article Information Sheet) data on material products such as films, printing paper, PS plates, and display materials, which are disclosed on our website. 
Furthermore, in order to respond to the management and information provision of chemical substances contained in articles required by the REACH Regulation, we have been actively participating in the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (“JAMP”) since its establishment as a sponsor company. The JAMP aims to establish a mechanism to share the effective management system of chemical substances contained in products across industries.
We support and promote the chemSHERPA scheme, which is a scheme to facilitate the sharing of information on contained chemical substances across a supply chain. We participate in various JAMP committees, which operate the chemSHERPA scheme, playing a central role. We also host regular briefing sessions and other individual support for our business partners. In this way, we strive to enhance the chemSHERPA scheme and facilitate the collection and disclosure of necessary information.