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Product Stewardship

Our products benefit our customers and society in many ways, but they must be managed in a safe and secure manner. We take these product stewardship responsibilities very seriously, and consider the environment, health and safety through the life cycle of our products.

Our Product Stewardship Policy

To ensure that EH&S considerations are an integral part of the life cycle of products, including their development, design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, use, recycle and final disposal by:

  • identifying and evaluating any significant EH&S effects for each product or family of products and for each stage of the product life cycle
  • characterizing and reviewing the risks associated with all products or product families
  • establishing practices to minimize the potential risks associated with products
  • communicating the hazards associated with our products and their proper handling, recycling, use and disposal to employees, customers, distributors and contract manufacturers
  • including EH&S criteria when selecting suppliers

REACH and Global Product Regulations

Air Products continues to focus on meeting the requirements of the EU Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. We plan to complete the registration of substances in accordance with the schedule provided by the legislation, with the majority of our substances being registered in 2013 or 2018. Also, as part of our REACH efforts, we have continued to track development of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and authorization list and are currently working on replacing some substances in our Performance Materials products.

REACH has had global impact as governments around the world consider the adoption of similar chemical control schemes. To that end, we have satisfied the recent obligations for product registrations in Taiwan.

 

GHS

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals provides a common approach for defining and classifying chemical hazards and communicating safety information on labels and safety data sheets. In October 2014, Air Products converted our products’ labels and SDSs to comply with OSHA’s new Hazard Communication requirements in the US. This is following the successful conversion to GHS for the EU, Singapore, Brazil, Korea, China, Malaysia and Taiwan. We continue to prepare for GHS in Canada.

Product Stewardship Summaries

As part of our commitment to Responsible Care®, we have developed Product Stewardship Summaries that provide an overview of our products and how they are used, along with important health, safety and environmental information. More detailed safety and health information is available on our Safety Data Sheets.

View Product Summaries 

Product Safety Training

Air Products offers safety training to our customers. The training topics vary from general compressed gases safety to product specific safety. This training can be arranged by contacting your sales representative. If you are not sure who your sales representative is, call our Customer Service Organization at 800-224-2724, and they will be glad to help you contact your representative.

Emergency Response System

For assistance involving Air Products' gases and equipment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

800-523-9374 (Continental U.S. and Puerto Rico)
610-481-7711 (Other locations)

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