At Eastman, we believe it is our responsibility to develop new molecules, products, and applications to address disruptive macro trends at the molecular level, making a difference in everyday lives and enhancing the quality of life around the world. Eastman strives to ensure we manufacture products that are safe for our employees to handle and for our customers to use.
Eastman has a dedicated Global Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) team reporting into the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer’s organization. The PSRA team maintains a rigorous product safety review process that ensures that our products are among the safest and most effective materials on the market. Our process is thoroughly documented in our Chemical Management Policy and includes review of the latest regulatory and toxicology information, including the development and/or review of a hazard assessment, preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and other product- and application-related information.
Eastman’s PSRA team closely monitors the laws and regulations that affect our products. We also actively pursue third party certifications for sustainable products in markets that value an independent perspective on Eastman’s holistic approach to chemical management. Eastman’s commitment to being responsible stewards of people and the environment can be seen through our many safety and compliance efforts, including, but not limited to:
Responsible Care? Product Safety Code – As a manufacturer of chemicals since 1920 and a Responsible Care? company for more than 25 years, Eastman has pledged to adhere to the Responsible Care Product Safety Code. This code drives continuous improvement in chemical management. Eastman is committed to delivering products that are safe for their intended use throughout the life of the product. The Product Safety Code goes beyond regulatory requirements to give consumers confidence in the safety of the products that they use and rely on every day.
International Chemical Control Law – Like the European Union’s REACH program, many countries/regions have established industrial chemical control laws and have implemented national industrial chemical inventories to manage chemicals in commerce in the region. Eastman actively supports these governmental chemical management efforts and advocates for realistic chemical control programs that both protect the environment and its people while encouraging innovation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Supporting a Sustainable Portfolio – Active engagement in chemical management at the corporate and country level provides opportunities for the Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs team to pro-actively work with Eastman’s technology organization to design products that avoid or reduce the use of potential substances of concern whenever technically feasible. Eastman’s strategy for attaining a sustainable portfolio is captured in our Chemical Management Policy.
Identification of Substances of Concern – Eastman understands that some chemicals possess inherent hazards when used in certain applications. Eastman routinely monitors, measures and reports hazardous substances identified on certain governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental organization lists or covered by international conventions. Examples include: EU REACH Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorisation (SVHC); International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) List of Classifications; National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens; Rotterdam Convention Annex III List of Chemicals Subject to Prior Informed Consent (PIC); and California Proposition 65 List.
Chemical Substances Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials – Eastman embraces nanotechnology in so much that these materials present unique and novel properties which vary from those properties associated with other forms or sizes of the same chemical substance, and such substances may only be used after a full safety assessment has been conducted. Eastman continuously reviews the use of such materials and appropriately reports our use of these materials in compliance with all regulations including U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) §8(a) and Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1881.
Responsible Raw Material Sourcing – Sustainable material solutions are at the heart of Eastman’s innovation platforms and are a critical driver of the companies accelerating innovation strategy. Eastman’s overarching chemical management process supports independent third-party certifications that provide a holistic approach to protecting people and the environment.
Animal Welfare – Eastman ensures the safety of our products to our customers, employees, communities and the environment. We commit to not conducting studies using animals except where required by law, or to ensure the safety of our products when non-animal alternatives are not yet available. When animal studies are necessary, either as required by governmental agencies or to ensure safety, Eastman is committed to the concept of the “three Rs” framework in safety studies. Elements of our commitment to animal welfare are detailed in our Animal Testing Policy.
GHS implementation – Many countries around the world continue to adopt the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). As a global company, Eastman supports the use of GHS hazard classification for its products to meet the requirements of every country adopting this system. Members of Eastman’s Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs team around the world communicate hazards pertaining to chemical substances to our customers via Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other product-related information. Safety Data Sheets will be prepared in compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the U.N.’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and/or country-specific requirements.