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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

We are committed to being a leader in the areas of the environment, health and safety and comply with or exceed laws and regulations.    

REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), the EU chemicals legislation in force since 2007, requires the registration of substances manufactured or imported in the EU above a certain volume. Since 2010, Air Products has registered more than 70 substances under REACH. For many of the most recent registrations, we acted as the lead registrant, developing the registration dossiers and managing the overall registration process for those substances.   

We worked with a number of external stakeholders – regulatory authorities, customers, suppliers and co-registrants – to complete these registrations. Led by Product Safety, compliance required the assistance of employees from many internal functions, including Supply Chain, Operations, Controllership, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Customer Service, Communications, and Legal. Work is in progress to meet the next and final registration deadline (May 2018). We also put measurements and processes in place to maintain compliance beyond the 2018 deadline.
 

GHS

We provide clear and easy to understand directions on the safe use and handling of our products, all of which comply with our own requirements and governmental regulations for hazard communication information, specifically data sheets and labels. We have completed the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to define, classify and consistently communicate chemical hazards and safety information. We have converted many of our products to the GHS scheme in China, the EU, Singapore, Brazil, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, and the U.S.

Product Stewardship Summaries

Our Product Stewardship Summaries 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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