Ensuring the Safety of Chemical Substances
Goals and Achievements of Major Initiatives
Respond to requirements relating to chemical product information.
|Goals for fiscal year 2018||Enhance functions of the comprehensive system for managing chemical substances.|
|Achievements in fiscal year 2018||Information was customized to accommodate the needs of individual customers.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2019||Start creating a new global system that integrates the functions of the comprehensive system for managing chemical substances for domestic products and the SDS and label creation systems for export products.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2018||Continue to expand deployment of the Wercs at overseas DIC Group companies.|
|Achievements in fiscal year 2018||The Wercs was deployed at a Group company in India.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2019||Deploy the Wercs at DIC Group companies in Greater China.|
Comply with regulations in Japan and overseas (e.g., Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacture, etc. and Poisonous and Deleterious substances Control Act; the EU’s REACH legislation and the U.S.’ TSCA.
|Goals for fiscal year 2018||Promote compliance with the revised Act on the Evaluation of|
|Achievements in fiscal year 2018||Steps were taken to promote compliance with the revised Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacture, etc.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2019||Promote compliance with the revision of chemical substance volume reporting requirements in Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacture, etc.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2018||Promote compliance with the ROK’s revised K-REACH.|
|Achievements in fiscal year 2018||Preparations for compliance with the ROK’s revised K-REACH proceeded steadily.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2019||Complete advance registration of chemical substances to which K-REACH applies.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2018||Complete registration of chemical substances to which the EU’s REACH applies.|
|Achievements in fiscal year 2018||Registration of chemical substances to which the EU’s REACH applies was completed in June 2018.|
|Goals for fiscal year 2019||Promote compliance with Taiwan’s Toxic and Chemical Substances of Concern Control Act (TCSCCA).|
- Evaluations are based on self-evaluations of current progress.
Key: ★★★ = Excellent; ★★ = Satisfactory; ★ = Still needs work
Basic Policies and Framework for Implementation
As a comprehensive global chemicals manufacturer, DIC approaches compliance with laws and regulations and the effective management of risks as essential to its survival. The Group works to maintain a solid grasp of laws and regulations in different countries and territories, and of trends relevant thereto, thereby ensuring its ability to design products that comply with regulations governing the use of chemical substances in products. The Group also strives to respond to requirements relating to the disclosure of information on chemical substances, thereby ensuring the safety of chemicals and products.
In 2002, participants in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, agreed on a goal for the management of chemical substances to minimize the significant adverse effects thereof on human health and the environment by 2020. Since then, DIC has promoted efforts to eliminate substances of high concern specified in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, as well as to develop alternatives to products containing substances scheduled to be newly included in such agreements, as well as to actively provide information on chemical substances, with the aim of reducing risks to society.
As an expert in the management of chemical substances, DIC plays an active role in considering issues pertaining to chemical safety and regulations and developing responses through its participation in industry associations.
Managing Chemical Substances
Ensuring the Swift Provision of Reliable SDSs
In 2003, the UN Economic Commission for Europe issued the first edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), the idea being to reduce chemical risks through an internationally harmonized approach to classification of chemicals by type and toxicity, the clear display of information on labels for better understanding and the provision of SDSs.
As a part of its efforts to ensure effective product stewardship, the foundation of Responsible Care, of which emphasize the management of chemicals across its entire supply chain, DIC has sought to respond swiftly to this development, as well as to provide customers with crucial hazard-related information. As such, in 2009 DIC established CIRIUS (Chemical Substance Information Comprehensive Management System) for domestic products. In addition to complying with GHS, CIRIUS enables DIC to provide customers with complete information on hazards associated with chemical substances, thereby helping to reduce related risks. CIRIUS centralizes the management of information about raw materials and chemicals, as well as automatically checks various laws and regulations—including the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., the Industrial Health and Safety Act; and the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.—to facilitate the provision of reliable SDSs.
Promoting the Global Deployment of the Wercs Label Creation System
In 2013, DIC began using the Wercs (a global SDS and label creation system developed with know-how from DIC) for products for export. As a result, DIC now has a structure that enables it to compile SDSs that are compliant with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for all exported products that comply with national and regional laws and regulations and is accessible in relevant local languages. In April 2014, DIC began using the Wercs to issue SDSs and labels for all exported products. In fiscal year 2015, DIC also began deploying the Wercs at overseas Group companies.
As specialized knowledge about chemical substance management is essential, DIC focuses on training in the manufacture, import and handling of chemicals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and draws on its proprietary licensing system to enhance the skills of employees.
Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2018
Improving the Performance of the DIC Group’s Systems for Managing Chemical Substance Information and Exploring the Creation of a New Global System
In fiscal year 2017, DIC rebuilt its comprehensive global chemical information systems and strengthened the system’s alignment with its SAP system with the aim of facilitating prompt responses to rapidly changing national and regional regulations regarding chemical substances. In fiscal year 2018, DIC established working groups with the aim of providing purpose-specific information tailored to laws and regulations in individual countries and regions. Each working group works to further customize the systems with the aim of enhancing the quality of information services provided to customers and improving convenience, thereby bolstering operating efficiency.
Guided by its new medium-term management plan, DIC111, DIC is exploring the creation of a new global chemical information system that integrates CIRIUS, its comprehensive domestic chemical information system, and the Wercs, an SDS label creation system used for products exported overseas. The Company will establish a project team to oversee this effort in fiscal year 2019 and aims to build and begin using the new system in fiscal year 2024.
We built a research tool that matches product safety data and the latest chemical substance regulatory information.
As a working group member, I am involved in efforts to modify the system to facilitate providing customers with swift and accurate information. In fiscal 2018, we built a research tool that instantly matches the product safety data accumulated in CIRIUS with the latest chemical substance regulatory information, making it possible to provide prompt information that meets customer needs. At the same time, this has helped improve the efficiency of product development and chemical substance surveys that comply with chemical substance regulations.
Since DIC’s product portfolio is diverse, there are various requests for system modifications from members of different working groups. Although it is difficult to devise specifications that ensure both convenience and compliance and provide versatility while at the same meeting special requirements, I am thrilled that the work I do is of use to many people. Going forward, we will leverage the know-how gained we have accumulated through this effort to build a new system that is appropriately reflects our status as a leading global manufacturer of fine chemicals.
Product Safety & Regulatory Group, Tokyo Plant Chihiro Ishida
Risk Management Across the Supply Chain
In line with the DIC Group Universal Purchasing Policy, DIC formulated the DIC Group Green Procurement Guidelines, which prohibit the procurement of materials containing hazardous substances in seven categories. The guidelines mandate the submission of a DIC Raw Materials Survey, an SDS and a chemSHERPA*, as well as a DIC Group Green Procurement Guidelines Survey, when purchasing raw materials, thereby creating a system for eliminating substances of concern. Submission of a Conflict Minerals Survey is also required.
- Substances the production of which is prohibited, as outlined in Article 55 of Japan’s Industrial Health and Safety Act;
- Substances designated as class 1 specified chemical substances in Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.;
- Substances designated for monitoring under Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.;
- Substances designated for monitoring under Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.;
- Specified particulates denoted in Japan’s Air Pollution Control Act;
- Specified poisonous substances indicated in Japan’s Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act; and
- Specified substances detailed in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
- chemSHERPA is a scheme designed to facilitate the accurate and efficient sharing of information on chemical substances in products across the entire supply chain. DIC began using chemSHERPA in late fiscal year 2017.
Position on the Use of Animals in Testing
In line with the 3Rs of animal use in research (“Replacement, Reduction, Refinement”), which are guidelines designed to ensure the more ethical use of animals in testing, the DIC Group actively promotes safe evaluation using quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) models, which do not employ animals, and alternatives to animal testing.
Reducing Risks through the Global Provision of Information
Information on Raw Materials and Chemical Substances in Imported Products in Japan
In April 2013, DIC consolidated the management of information on the composition of chemical substances in exported products and on chemical substance legislation in various countries and regions, introducing the Wercs, a new system that automatically creates product SDSs in the language—and in compliance with the laws and regulations—of individual export destinations, creating a foundation for its global information system and helping reduce risks for customers.
For products manufactured in Japan, DIC uses CIRIUS to centralize the management of information on raw materials and chemical substances. To facilitate the provision of reliable SDSs, CIRIUS automatically checks Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act–based secure trade control rules, as well as the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., the Chemical Substances Control Law, and the Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act.
The Wercs, which incorporates know-how accumulated by DIC in the creation and use of CIRIUS, was developed with the aim of expediting the provision of such information for products for export. The Wercs facilitates the translation of data into 46 different languages—including the languages of the 19 countries and territories to which DIC currently exports products—and the preparation of SDSs and labels in local languages that comply with laws and regulations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
Since switching to the Wercs for creating SDSs and issuing labels for exported products, DIC has expanded the number of countries for which it can prepare local-language, legally compliant SDSs and labels to include the ROK, Europe, the United States, the PRC and Taiwan. Since April 2014, all SDSs and labels for products for export have been prepared using the Wercs. DIC is also promoting deployment of the system to Group companies in Japan, which are using the Wercs in tandem with CIRIUS to ensure the effective management of chemical substances across its domestic Group supply chain.
Expanding Deployment of the Wercs at Overseas Group Companies
In fiscal year 2015, DIC began deploying the Wercs at Group companies overseas. In fiscal year 2018, the Wercs was introduced at an additional overseas company, bringing to 23 the number now using the system. With the aim of promptly updating its labels to comply with GHS hazard labeling standards in the event of revisions to laws and regulations or the identification of new hazards, in fiscal year 2016 the Company set up an on-demand label printing system that links the Wercs with its SAP system. In fiscal year 2019, the Company continued to deploy this system at companies that have already introduced the Wercs. Through these and other efforts, DIC aims to prevent human error and increase business efficiency, as well as to facilitate globally consistent management based on a common system.
Complying with Laws and Regulations
Ensuring Prompt Responses to Regulatory Changes Worldwide
The principal goal governing the management of chemical substances worldwide is that implied in the agreement, reached at the WSSD in 2002, to ensure, by 2020, that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effect. Recent years have seen the European Union enact Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)* legislation, and the ROK, the PRC and Taiwan introduce legislation aimed at strengthening chemical substances risk management. As well, countries in Southeast Asia have deployed the GHS.
DIC collects the latest information on chemical substances in overseas markets through international consultants, Group company and experts, news wire services and chemicals industry associations to ensure that it can respond swiftly and effectively to revisions in laws as well as play an important role in the ensuring legal and regulatory compliance as a member of industry organizations in Japan. In 2009, the Company began using CIRIUS to manage chemical substance information for products manufactured in Japan. In fiscal year 2013, DIC switched to the Wercs for creating SDSs and issuing labels for existing exported products, accelerating its ability to provide information to customers.
In fiscal years 2016 and 2017, steps were taken across Asia to reinforce the management of chemical substances. Of particular note, the PRC announced a new assessment agency as part of its system for registering hazardous chemicals, while the ROK dramatically revised the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K–REACH) and Thailand and Vietnam proceeded with preparation to introduce a new system for registering chemical substances.
- Under REACH, businesses bear full responsibility for evaluating the safety of chemical substances they produce and/or use, with no distinction made between “existing” and “new” substances. REACH also prohibits the use of specified chemical substances that pose unacceptable risks to human health.
DIC and Sun Chemical are collaborating to promote a chemical substance management project.
DIC and Sun Chemical are engaged in a project to identify the criteria needed, and the framework required, for an undertaking to support a global chemical communication management system. This project seeks to define specific chemical criteria that must be utilized to assure compliance with regulations anywhere in the world. The project will involve developing an SAP integration IT platform that is seamlessly accessible by global beneficiaries. This will require an IT investment platform designed to uniformly characterize the chemical composition and safety risk of purchased materials and manufactured commercial products; a system, process, tools and discipline to continuously identify and maintain material characteristic consistencies with both chemical data and system deliverables, such as SDSs and labels; and robust support for new and onerous chemical control regulations (i.e., the U.S. EPA TSCA reset, K-REACH and Global GHS) and to accommodate international language requirements. Our objective is to provide leverage to help establish material fitness guidance with global customers and brand owners and, ultimately, to create a platform to support technological innovation and assist in the coordination of global procurement activities.
Director Global Regulatory, Sun Chemical Corporation
Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2018
In April 2019, the revised Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. came into force. Based on a review of regulations on chemical substances with low production volumes in the early stages of development, the revision shifts the focus of regulations on production volume away from assessed hazards (hazard assessment) and toward risk when released into the environment (risk assessment).
In advance of this revision, DIC promoted steady efforts to ensure preparedness, including collecting and analyzing relevant information, as well as extending information to and conducting seminars for customers and Group companies. As a member of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) and the Japan Dyestuff and Industrial Chemicals Association (JDICA), DIC chairs a working group charged with formulating effective responses to the new system of exceptions for low–production volume substances. Employees in charge play a leading role, working with government authorities to ensure that member companies are prepared and able to implement measures without delay.
We participate in industry association activities and were involved in the revision of Japan’s chemical substance law.
The Responsible Care Department plays an active role in the JCIA and on behalf of DIC, a core member, we were involved in the revision of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. Throughout this process, we struggled to cope with differences of opinion arising from the diverse perspectives of pertinent ministries, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The situation was similar within the JCIA, with the views of individuals diverging depending on the company they represent, so it took a lot of time and effort to get everyone on the same page regarding revisions.
Efforts to meet the WSSD goal for chemical substance management will conclude in 2020. Nonetheless, initiatives aimed achieving the SDGs will continue until 2030 and discussions have already begun with the aim of developing a vision for as far in the future as 2050. As a company that handles chemical substances, we pledge to never lose sight of the need to act in a responsible manner to ensure that DIC Group can continue to play a central role in the JCIA in the years ahead.
Group Manager, Chemical Management Group, Responsible Care Department Shinobu Yamaguchi
Groupwide Efforts to Create a Stronger Compliance Framework
To ensure an accurate grasp of legal and regulatory trends, DIC has worked steadily to strengthen communication with local group companies and in fiscal year 2016 reinforced its management framework by assigning dedicated full-time managers to regional headquarters for Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.
In the United States, substantial revisions were made to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)* in fiscal year 2016, requiring a comprehensive inventory reset (review of existing chemical substances on the TSCA list). DIC and Sun Chemical completed compliance with the reporting requirements imposed by this reset in January 2018. DIC also completed registration of eight existing chemical substances to which the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation applies for which the registration deadline was May 2018 and will continue working to expand the scope of chemical substances registered, as well as to increase the accuracy of documentation for registration. The Company will also continue to promote efforts to respond to substance evaluations by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and ECHA member countries and to collect information on REACH substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and approved and restricted substances. In light of uncertainties surrounding the United Kingdom’s EU exit, DIC began preparing to transfer its sole agency business from the UK company it currently subcontracts to an EU-based affiliate of the company.
Recognizing the importance of improving the skills of individuals responsible for addressing the increasing sophisticated needs of customers in every country and region, since fiscal year 2017 DIC has held the Chemical Regulatory Compliance Meeting, an annual gathering of these individuals from regional headquarters and Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific regions, to facilitate the identification of issues and the sharing of information.
- The TSCA is a law administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that regulates chemical substances produced in or imported into the United States.
Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2018
In January 2019, the ROK revised its Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH). In advance of this development, DIC, as the leader of a Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) working group established to respond to overseas legal and regulatory changes, exchanged views with the relevant authorities in the ROK, after which it gave a presentation to Group companies and extended related information to customers and suppliers.
In June 2018, DIC completed the registration of existing chemical substances under the EU’s REACH legislation. The Company will continue to respond as necessary by registering new substances and reregistering existing substances (updating information) to ensure REACH compliance. In addition, the Company will capitalize on its global network to respond swiftly to changes in Southeast Asia, where the introduction of new regulations is proceeding at a rapid pace, maintaining a close eye on regional trends. Sun Chemical has developed its own comprehensive chemical substance information management system, ATRION, for the Americas, the EU, Africa and Australia that ensures its ability to comply with laws and regulations in these regions, as well as to produce SDSs and labels.
The 2018 Chemical Regulatory Compliance Meeting and related training were held in November 2018.
Participants in the fiscal year 2018 Chemical Regulatory Compliance Meeting, which was held in Japan, from the Asia–Pacific region and Greater China gathered to discuss the process for implementation of the Wercs, as well as GHS-, SDS- and label-related issues faced by local companies. Up-to-date information on chemical substance information management and export product management at Group companies in Taiwan, the ROK, Vietnam and the United States and at DIC in Japan was also presented and discussed during the meeting.
We also learned about how to access toxicity data, GHS classification and inventory status using the LOLI database, a search tool for information contained in the Wercs. This will help us to better explain SDS hazard pictograms and other information issued by the Wercs in response to requests from customers or ESH inspectors. In addition, the meeting introduced the Global Chemical Information Management Innovation Project, the objective of which is to harmonize raw materials information.
Regional Technical Manager, DIC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Seah Thiam Leng
Training in Chemical Substance Management
Specialized Training Under DIC’s Licensing System
As a comprehensive global chemicals manufacturer, DIC recognizes legal and regulatory compliance as central to risk management and endeavors to improve employees’ awareness and knowledge of chemical substance regulations in Japan and overseas by holding workshops and maintaining a proprietary internal licensing system. Efforts include providing specialized training for individuals in Japan involved in exporting chemical substances in line with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and for individuals involved in importing chemical substances in line with the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., as well as issuing licenses, valid for two or three years, to employees who have passed in-house examinations. As of fiscal year 2018, 1,509 employees held a Class A license, which requires specialized knowledge, and 175 held a Class B license, which pertains to ancillary operations, while a further 95 individuals had completed an advanced course demanding superior capabilities that was introduced in fiscal year 2015. In addition, 318 individuals held import licenses.
Training in Use of the Wercs at Overseas Group Companies
With the full-fledged deployment of the Wercs, in fiscal year 2017 legal and regulatory officers in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region have provided training in the use of the system tailored to local laws and regulations. Training seminars go beyond explaining the system’s operations and advantages to ensure participating employees understand the importance of legal and regulatory compliance. In response to a request from Group companies in these regions, in fiscal year 2018 regulatory officers visited Japan to receive advanced training from multiple domestic legal and regulatory officers. Visiting officers regularly use the Wercs to amass and manage legal and regulatory information, but the increasingly complex and sophisticated nature of their work has prompted many to seek request more advanced training in Japan. The DIC Group will continue to promote cooperation among corporate headquarters’ regional and overseas Group company legal and regulatory officers with the aim of further enhancing compliance.
I will continue working to enhance knowledge and understanding by providing ongoing training.
As a legal and regulatory officer at Siam Chemical Industry in Thailand, I provide customer support and deal with government information requirements. Legal and regulatory officers are responsible for disseminating chemical substance information across the supply chain, which we do by making effective use of our hazardous substances management system. To this end, we have established a regulatory committee that meets monthly to deliberate legal and regulatory issues and provides SDSs that comply with the laws of different countries and territories. To improve the efficiency of this process, in 2014 Siam Chemical Industry introduced the Wercs.
With the aim of maximizing the capabilities of the Wercs, in 2018 I was dispatched to Japan for advanced training in the use of the system, as well as in the use of an export management system that complies with Thailand’s new Trade Control on Weapons of Mass Destruction (TCWMD) Act, which will enter into force in 2020. I will capitalize on my newly acquired expertise to provide training for my colleagues at Siam Chemical Industry with the aim of enhancing knowledge and understanding.
Regulation Control, Siam Chemical Industry Co.,Ltd. (SCI,Thailand)
We are working to improve responsiveness to laws and regulations governing chemical substances.
I am in charge of responses to chemicals-related laws and regulations in the PRC. Operating in an increasingly harsh environment, we work continuously to improve compliance across all chemicals-related operations by promoting efforts aimed at reinforcing the chemical substance management capabilities of individual Group companies. We have also added content related to the management of hazardous chemicals to ESH audits to assess the chemical substance management capabilities of individual production facilities. I oversee training in the use of the Wercs and the BarTender labeling software, which we are using to ensure compliance in the area of materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and label production.
By auditing the efforts of trading companies in the PRC to handle hazardous chemicals, and by providing training on laws pertinent to chemical substances, we will continue working to raise employees’ awareness of laws and regulations governing chemical substances.
Corporate ESH Specialist, DIC (China) Co., Ltd. Wenjing Zhang
The introduction of the Wercs has contributed to cost reductions.
We have always used spray marking to put product names on packaging, but the government’s ESH management system led us to realize that spray marking contaminates the atmosphere and is harmful to workers’ health. We also used to subcontract the printing of labels containing information on toxicity, handling instructions and cautions. With the introduction of a label printing system linked with the Wercs, we are now able to print labels with product names and labels containing toxicity and other information. This has greatly increased flexibility and eliminated the need to order printed labels in bulk, resulting in excess inventories. The new system enables us to print only the number of labels we need, which has contributed to cost reductions.
PT. Pardic Jaya Chemicals (Indonesia) Supply Chain Division
PPIC Department Manager
Looking ahead to 2020, we are working to respond effectively to increasingly robust laws and regulations in global markets.
One of the agreements reached at the WSSD in 2002 was to ensure, by 2020, that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effect. To this end, emerging economies, as well as developed economies, are accelerating efforts to create and reinforce laws and regulations governing chemical substances. To ensure that the DIC Group has an accurate grasp of such trends, we are focused on fortifying our information-gathering capabilities, maximizing know-how accumulated in the creation and use of CIRIUS, enhancing our ability to accommodate multiple languages, providing specialized training for overseas DIC Group employees and bolstering expertise in the operation of these systems. Going forward, we will continue to step up initiatives related to the safety of chemical substances and products.
Senior Manager in charge of regulatory affairs, Responsible Care Department Shinobu Yamaguchi
The Wercs has automated and enhanced the fexibility of procedures used in the creation of SDSs.
In light of heightened global awareness of safety and the need to comply with pertinent laws and regulations, the Wercs, a comprehensive software, provides a simple, convenient way to create SDSs and issue GHS labels. DIC (Malaysia) currently exports a significant volume of its products. The introduction of the Wercs has made it possible for us to create SDSs and issue GHS labels in multiple different languages. The Wercs has automated and enhanced the fexibility of procedures used in the creation of SDSs. It has also provided us with an effective way to manage global compliance over the long term.
Assistant Manager, Technical Administration R&D Center, DIC (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Chuah Joo Beng
DIC Receives Achievement Award from the CBIMS*1
DIC recently received an achievement award from the ChemoBio Integrated Management Society (CBIMS), a Japanese non-profit organization (NPO), in recognition of its system for the integrated management of chemical substances in both the raw materials it uses and the products it supplies.
In 1995, DIC adopted Responsible Care (RC) as a key management precept. In the years since, the Company has taken decisive steps to address issues related to occupational safety, the environment, health and the stewardship of chemical substances, as well as to improve related initiatives. Of particular note, DIC uses CIRIUS, a comprehensive management system for information on chemical substances developed in-house that not only ensures an accurate, uniform grasp of information on chemical substances in raw materials and products, but also automatically flags chemical substances covered by laws in Japan, thereby helping to facilitate the manufacture and supply of safe products and the provision of accurate chemical substance-related information to customers. In addition to monitoring the volume of chemical substance emissions into the air, water and soil from DIC Group production facilities, DIC works continuously to reduce its use of substances that exert a negative impact on the environment.
In making the award, the CBIMS applauded DIC's establishment of a system for the meticulous management of chemical substances in both the extensive range of raw materials it uses and its vast lineup of products, as well as its efforts to ensure unwavering compliance with legal requirements in North America, Europe and elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Japan. CBIMS noted that DIC currently scores more than 80 points out of 100 in all areas—hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk assessment and risk management—when assessed according to indicators in the Survey Regarding the Integrated Management of Chemical Substances*2, used by the organization to evaluate corporate performance, underscoring a well-balanced approach, and that its achievement rates have risen steadily in recent years. The organization praised DIC's initiatives for driving progress in the industry, as well as for contributing to debate on approaches to the integrated management of chemical substances both in Japan and overseas.
Going forward, DIC will continue working to reduce the impact of its business activities on the environment, provide appropriate information on pertinent chemical substances and further enhance the accuracy of its risk assessment practices, thereby helping to minimize risks related to chemical substances for society as a whole. DIC Receives Achievement Award from ChemoBio Integrated Management Society
- Established in 2004, the ChemoBio Integrated Management Society (CBIMS) is a Japanese NPO. CBIMS provides a forum for individuals and groups concerned with the assessment and management of risk associated with chemical (including technology-related) and biological substances and/or involved in actual assessment and management, or in related R&D, to exchange views on a wide range of issues, drawing on scientific knowledge and logic, with the aim of enhancing capabilities. The organization also publishes information for general consumption.
- The Survey Regarding the Integrated Management of Chemical Substances is an annual survey implemented since 2003 by the Life–World Watch Center, established at Ochanomizu Women's University in Tokyo to promote development, research and investigation—and to provide education and training—related to the safety and security of human life, as well as to the environment