Our work is usually at the beginning of the ‘life cycle’ of the materials we produce – we extract and process the product, and once our customers have it, our ability to control the way it is handled or used is limited. However we take a number of steps to promote the safe and responsible handling and use of our products, and we encourage our suppliers and customers to adopt their own product stewardship measures.
Our most important tools are Safety Data Sheets and labels, which we keep current at all times. Their job is to inform everyone involved of the health, safety and environmental aspects of the product to allow safe and responsible use. For products where chemical safety assessments are required by law, we also supply exposure scenario information, which cover risk management measures.
As an International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) member, we are committed to the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework, which encourages responsible design, use, reuse, recycling and disposal of our products along the supply chain. We also work to assess, prevent or mitigate any possible environmental, health and safety risks to our communities and people to ensure the resources we produce are properly managed.
We get involved with all major associations that deal with the commodities we produce, including partnerships with the International Manganese Institute, the International Aluminium Institute and the Nickel Institute, and we have also completed a full compliance review for the products we sell into the European Union under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation. We provide ongoing technical assistance to our customers to help them better understand the properties of our products, and we’re always available to explore and develop new stewardship approaches.
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