Reducing Hazardous Chemical Substances

In-keeping with the provision of Environmentally-friendly products, we continue to implement initiatives aimed at eliminating, reducing or replacing hazardous chemical substances as part of production processes, both at home and overseas.

Reducing Usage of Hazardous Chemical Substances

The Citizen Group began working to reduce use of chlorinated organic compounds and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons some time ago, and completely eliminated the use in 2008.
The scope of substances subject to the PRTR Act was expanded substantially in 2010, and the Group is now working to reduce the use of these substances. The use of substances subject to the PRTR Act* by the Citizen Group in fiscal 2015 is set forth below.
We use substantial amounts of 1-bromopropane to clean parts, and ferric chloride is used to condense sludge during wastewater processing at business sites. Methylnaphthalene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene are included in heavy oil and kerosene used for heating. We are working to reduce the use of these chemicals through efforts by production divisions, as well as collaboration by business facility management divisions.

Amount of PRTR substances released and transferred in fiscal 2015

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Amount of PRTR substances released and transferred in fiscal 2015

※PRTR Act:Officially called the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof, this is legislation under which the national government, businesses, and other institutions monitor, compile, and publish data on emissions of hazardous chemicals into the environment from each source as well as on the presence of hazardous chemicals in waste carried away from manufacturing premises.

Group-wide Amount of PRTR Substances Handled

Group-wide Amount of PRTR Substances Handled

Example Initiative Citizen Systems Japan

Practical use of a chemical management system

As regulations concerning hazardous chemical substances such as the European REACH Regulation and the RoHS Directive are strengthened, Citizen Systems Japan Co., Ltd. is using a product chemical substance management system, centralizing information concerning the chemical substances in components that make up products, and developing a system to calculate the amounts of chemical substances in products. The use of the systems makes it possible for the company to respond to customer requests for the provision of environmental information. Previously, JGPSSI format (JIG) surveys were conducted as chemical content surveys under the REACH Regulation, but a change was made to the JAMP format (AIS) to respond to numerous customer requests. Citizen Systems also labels products with its address to respond to the revised EU RoHS Directive and includes a CE declaration statement of compliance with the RoHS Directive.

chemical management system

chemical management system

Example Initiative Citizen Machinery

Chemical Substance Risk Assessment Training

The revised Industrial Safety and Health Act, enacted in June 2016, emphasizes the need for workers handling chemicals to be aware of their dangers and hazards and promotes the reduction or elimination of risks. Accordingly, risk assessments for chemicals have become mandatory. To ensure our understanding of the act’s details and facilitate efforts to put in place an advance risk assessment framework, we welcomed an instructor from the Nagano Prefectural Labour Standards Association to conduct two training sessions. We followed the “Explanatory Overview” on January 13, 2016, with training on “Risk Assessment Methods” on January 27. We used a videoconferencing system to enable participation from departmental and safety managers at the Karuizawa headquarters, Sakudaira Works, Tokorozawa Works, and Kitakami Works.

危険化学物質漏洩対策訓練

Example Initiative Guangzhou Most Crown Electronics Ltd.

Hazardous Chemical Leak Response Training

Hazardous Chemical Leak Response Training
Chemical leak response training

Guangzhou Most Crown Electronics Ltd. conducts hazardous chemical leak response training, with participation by safety personnel from each department, hazardous chemical managers, and the fire response team manager. The training is divided into evacuation and isolation, firefighting, warning, Leaked Substance Disposal Group, and the Technical Support Group. Based on a training plan, a series of operations is performed including a hazardous chemical leak, evacuation, isolation, hazardous chemical enclosure and disposal, and site cleanup. Through such drills, the company will continue to maintain and reinforce its emergency management systems in the interest of raising employee awareness and response capabilities.