Management of Chemical Substances in Products
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Management of Chemical Substances in Products
Increasing international restrictions on substances used in products, notably the RoHS Directive and REACH regulation in Europe, have made it essential to closely control the type and quantity of materials used. Epson systematically controls product substance content at the purchasing, production, and shipping stages to ensure compliance with these restrictions.
- Instruct suppliers to comply with the requirements stated in the Epson Group Green Purchasing Standard for Production Materials*1
- Exclude substances that are subject to legal, regulatory, or other restrictions, and obtain information about substances contained in parts and materials.
- Confirm that no restricted substances are present in parts and materials before producing products.
(Analyze parts and materials using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer.)
- Confirm that restricted substances have not been used in products before they are shipped.
*1 A written standard that sets forth requirements for the building and maintenance of a substance control system by suppliers who provide parts and materials used in Epson products. The standard also defines requirements relating to the elimination or exclusion of legally restricted substances and requirements for providing information on substances present in parts and materials.
Examples of Management of Chemical Substances in Products
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
More and more nations are regulating chemicals. We investigate regulations and chemical hazards as early as possible by using such as an industry standard survey tools, analyze the information we obtain, and then supply products accordingly.
- Measures for Meeting the RoHS Directive*1
Epson has made compatibility with the European RoHS directive a standard feature of its entire lineup of products throughout the world, regardless of whether a particular product is bound for the European market or not.
*1 The European RoHS Directive restricts the use of the following 10 hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP.
- Actions for REACH Compliance
European REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) regulations require that we register the import and production of chemical substances and that we communicate and report when products contain harmful substances (e.g., substances of high concern).
We make information on the chemicals used such as in ink available to customers at all times in the form of safety data sheets (SDS) published in 24 European languages on our European sales companies' websites.
We are also responding to countries and areas besides Europe, to similarly meet our legal and societal obligations, as well as the needs of our customers.
- Response to GHS*2
The United Nations declared in 2003 that a globally harmonized set of rules was needed to inform consumers and dealers about the hazards and appropriate handling of chemicals.
Different nations and regions have enshrined these rules as law and made them obligatory at different times. Epson has continued to respond to the rules as they primarily apply to ink cartridges and toner cartridges.
*2 GHS (the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) provides a unified, worldwide set of rules on harmful chemical substances. It harmonizes classification standards and labels for the hazards associated with individual chemicals and the way safety data sheets are written.
Providing Ink for All Types of Printed Matter
We provide inks with safe chemical properties as required for products made with inkjet technology (labels, stickers, fabric, etc.).
- The Highest Level of Textile Product Safety
Eco Passport*3 certification
Epson's textile printer inks*4 have acquired Eco Passport certification, indicating that they meet international safety standards for chemical substances used in textile production. Even printed textiles that directly contact the skin of infants and toddlers are safe.
*3 Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex® is a system by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production.
*4 UltraChrome DS inks for textile printers, UltraChrome DG inks and dedicated fabric processing agents for garment printers, digital textile printer inks.
- Safe Printing Ink for Food Labels
Compliant with Food Contact Material regulation
Epson’s SurePress digital inkjet label presses and ColorWorks on-demand color label printers inks are compliant with Food Contact Materials (FCM) - EU Regulation framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP) (EC) No. 2023/2006, Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation.
Switching to Safer Materials (e.g. Eliminating Harmful Substances)
Epson standards specify substances that are prohibited from inclusion in products, and substances whose inclusion must be controlled. Information on these substances is collected and managed in a database. This database is used to ensure safety in all processes, from design and procurement to volume production. Epson is proactive in eliminating from its products substances that could adversely affect the environment or human health.