Solvay
2019 Annual Integrated Report

GRI Disclosures

365,000

available Safety data sheets
(including Composite Materials and Pepol GBUs)

854

REACH dossiers
for all tonnage bands (2010-2018)

257

REACH dossiers
as lead or sole registrant

178

dossiers updated since June 1, 2018

Definition

Product stewardship means managing risks throughout the product’s entire life cycle, from the design stage to the end-of-life. Risks include the possibility of injury or health impact to third parties or damage to their property arising from Solvay products being used inappropriately in a customer’s plant or used in an application for which the products are not designed. Risk management is particularly key for products used in healthcare, food, and feed applications.

Management approach

Solvay’s product safety policy requires the Group to:

  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of each product’s hazards, risks and impacts related to all life-cycle steps and intended applications;
  • Manage product knowledge so as to comply with local requirements on product information while ensuring worldwide consistency;
  • Keep records of all necessary and required product safety information to ensure availability throughout the full life-cycle, beyond the commercialization period; and
  • Send standardized product safety data sheets to customers along with the first delivery. This key information is consistently maintained and distributed worldwide for all products to all customers in different languages.

As for materials handled in operations and those put on the market, Solvay focuses on substances of concern and maintains a policy of generating and maintaining safety dossiers on all substances. This extensive approach is reflected in the registration of the REACH dossiers, and by the large portfolio of the safety data sheets. The extensive knowledge this represents allows Solvay to characterize and manage risks related to product handling and to prioritize mitigation actions related to potential inappropriate use.

Indicators

Safety data sheets

365,000 available

Safety data sheets
(including Composite Materials and Pepol GBUs)

Solvay currently places over 17,000 products on the market. Solvay produces safety data sheets (SDS) in 39 languages and specific SDS for 60 countries. Stewardship programs are aimed at giving adequate information and technical assistance to customers, ensuring a good understanding of products and how to safely use and handle them. Global Business Units ensure that SDS are revised at least every three years or every time they undergo significant modification. Solvay manages product information centrally. As legislation continues to evolve, the Group makes a particular effort to learn more about the conditions under which products are used so as to record and assess any associated risks.

REACH dossiers

178

dossiers updated since June 1, 2018

REACH is an advanced European framework regulation requiring companies to have detailed knowledge of substances, their hazards, and risks during use. This knowledge must be collected and organized into reliable and systematic safety information that includes all uses and risks incurred along the value chain. Solvay fully complies with the extensive REACH requirements for product registrations. Solvay registered 854 dossiers and is the lead or sole registrant for 257 substances.

In addition, Solvay is fully committed to the CEFIC Action Plan program to improve the quality of REACH dossiers.

Regular updates of dossiers are performed according to REACH obligations, either as new information becomes available or at the request of European Chemical Agency (ECHA). 178 REACH dossiers have been updated since June 1, 2018.

Based on the knowledge it has assembled on products and associated risks in the context of REACH, Solvay has updated the classification of all products based on the new Global Harmonized System.

In addition, Solvay continues to adapt to emerging new product regulations in many countries, notably to cope with emerging (REACH-like) regulations in non-European countries. In particular, Solvay registered 13 dossiers in 2019 and made 779 pre registrations in 2019 in the framework of Korean-REACH, is preparing to pre-register more than 300 substances for Turkish REACH, and has reported 4,221 substances in the framework of “existing chemicals” of the Russian Federation inventory.