The products of Covestro satisfy the most stringent of safety requirements. This does not just apply to those chemical substances subject to standard review in accordance with the European REACH Regulation. Within the context of the voluntary Global Product Strategy (GPS) of the chemical industry, we also assess the substances we use and reduce potential health and environmental risks that could result from our chemicals. The product safety assessments apply to the entire life cycle of a product – from research and procurement through production and logistics to application, disposal and recycling. Our product stewardship does not just end at the company gate, but also includes suppliers, customers and partners. GPS is accessible at Covestro through the “Product Safety First” internet portal, and is available worldwide in seven languages. Through this website, we inform customers and other stakeholders about our activities and product safety assessments.
Online annex: 3-8.3-1:limited assurance
A product safety assessment at Covestro takes place in several steps: first, chemicals that are subject to statutory regulations are identified and the corresponding laws compiled. Then we examine their risk potential to obtain a basis for the effective minimization of risks. Such steps can include proposals for technical measures such as protective clothing, or marketing restrictions. Finally, we produce the legally required material safety data sheets, technical information sheets and labeling for the chemicals. Here we go beyond the extent prescribed by law and also produce these documents for chemicals that are not subject to this statutory obligation. All product groups undergo this process.
For especially important products such as MDI, TDI, polycarbonate and polyether, Covestro additionally works with associations to draw up environmental product declarations and eco-balances certified according to ISO 14040 and 14044 based on industry averages.
Covestro follows the scientific discussion about the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a feedstock for various plastics with a controversial public profile. Critics are concerned that health risks could result for users if traces of BPA are released from polymers. As documented by numerous scientifically valid studies, we are convinced that BPA can be safely used in its existing areas of application – especially those that involve contact with food. This assessment is consistent with evaluations by the authorities responsible for food safety in Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and other countries. In cooperation with the PlasticsEurope association, we work to make the discussion more objective and more strongly based on scientific analysis. Covestro actively participates in this dialogue and informs customers and the public via the internet.