As a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Lubrizol subscribes to the principles of Responsible Care®. The ACC created the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS), which requires third-party certification of our Health, Safety, Environmental and Security (HSES) management systems across all business activities. With continual improvement a fundamental goal, implementing RCMS provides a framework to take our company above and beyond prior HSES accomplishments.
Although the certification is only required for U.S.-based operations, we've implemented best practices at all facilities around the world. Some countries where our facilities exist require third-party certifications, and we either have or will be meeting those requirements. For the other countries where there is no requirement, we began internal second-party audits following the 2009 completion of the U.S. sites.
Our customers put our products (Lubrizol additives and ingredients) into their final products, which make their way onto store shelves, into industrial equipment and in vehicles for transportation. We test our products for safety. Likewise, government regulations and our customers require that our products be checked to ensure they are in compliance with global chemical-control laws. We have a product compliance management system, "vision," in place to implement best practices. This gives us the ability to enhance our global regulatory compliance and hazard communication services for our customers, employees and communities where we do business.
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of CHemicals (REACH) is Europe's newest compliance regulation. It requires manufacturers and importers to generate data for at least 30,000 substances in European commerce. To support REACH, we completed the pre-registration phase of all eligible substances and assembled a cross-functional REACH Governance Council to manage all aspects of this far-reaching legislation. Currently we are:
Lubrizol's Standards of Care - the best policies, procedures and practices that we uphold at our worldwide operations - define Lubrizol's requirements for safety procedures and guidelines. Beyond those are Lubrizol's Elements of Excellence, which are superior practices in safety, health, the environment and security. The goals for these Elements of Excellence:
At Lubrizol, security extends far beyond closed gates, locked doors and security badges. You'll find our approach to be not only comprehensive, but proactive. We are proud of the commitments made and efforts taken to keep Lubrizol safe and secure. Highlights include:
Lubrizol realizes the importance of maintaining cleaner, healthier environments for future generations. The solution includes preventing pollution using the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. By not producing waste in the first place, Lubrizol saves money. Plus, waste that's never generated doesn't require treated or disposal. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations is considered the minimum for any Lubrizol facility. Even better:
Process safety involves preventing catastrophic releases of hazardous materials that could result in serious employee injury or fatality. Lubrizol works hard to prevent process safety incidents at every facility by:
Responsible Care® is a registered trademark of the International Council of Chemical Associations.