A comprehensive product stewardship program is critical to the success of our business and to the ability of our customers to optimize their programs.
We recognize that some of the materials incorporated into our products and some of our finished products exhibit characteristics that may present hazards to people or the environment when not handled carefully. We manage these potential hazards responsibly and safely in our operations and communicate the known risks to others across our value chain. Through our work to identify and mitigate potential risks associated with our products, from development through manufacturing, use and disposal, we continue to provide value to our customers and ensure the sustainability of our business. This is the essence of product stewardship.
Implement single global system by year-end 2019 to enhance our management of regulatory obligations to provide product health and safety information to customers.
Our product stewardship management program is designed to ensure compliance with regulations and industry standards. The program is guided by dedicated staff who are knowledgeable about the products, customer applications and regulatory requirements in the jurisdictions where our products are manufactured or used. Our product stewardship professionals in each region continually monitor regulatory developments to understand and anticipate the potential impact on our operations, our products and our customers’ use of our products. This early knowledge of regulatory developments, and timely communication with other Axalta functions, enhances our ability to continually supply products that will comply with all applicable regulations for the intended use. Working together with Procurement, Technology, and Environment, Health and Safety functions, the product safety program effectively manages risk throughout the product lifecycle. Our product stewardship professionals participate in product reviews and other strategy discussions with our business leaders to provide guidance relative to new or developing regulations or other related and important issues that may impact our business strategy.
Monitoring hazards and informing customers
Axalta is making a major investment in our product stewardship program through the installation of state-of-the-art software to improve the hazard communication aspects of our program. The new software will ensure that applicable regulations in every jurisdiction and all available data related to the health and safety of our raw materials are considered in the preparation of safety data sheets and product labels. In addition, process efficiencies gained through the use of this software will allow faster, more accurate communication of important health and safety information with our employees and customers.
Axalta’s product stewardship program is a component of the environmental management system required by the Responsible Care© program, which has been implemented throughout Axalta. Responsible Care© is a program developed by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to encourage members to develop programs and practices to promote the safe handling and use of chemicals as outlined in the program’s guiding principles.