Mitigating the Risks Posed by Chemical Substances

For chemical substances used in our products, we have, in line with our Ecology & Safety Vision, set voluntary regulation standards that are stricter than the legal requirements while ensuring compliance with related laws and regulations by staying up-to-date with revisions and completing necessary compliance measures before the enforcement of revised laws and regulations.

In fiscal 2019, four phthalates will be added to the list of regulated substances in addition to the substances currently regulated under the RoHS DirectiveNote 1. In response, since fiscal 2015 we have been conducting surveys to check for the use of four phthalates in the components and materials that we presently purchase from suppliers. We will eventually prohibit suppliers from using these substances in products supplied to us.

Targeting suppliers to all our production sites, we have been holding briefing sessions on the importance of managing chemical substances across our supply chain with a view to preventing the reoccurrence of any problems with regard to such substances. Also, in fiscal 2012 we reviewed the auditing method to clearly understand how chemical substances are managed by suppliers and help them identify their own problems. Since fiscal 2013 we have been checking the level of management at each supplier based on the new auditing method while enhancing support and instructions for the management of chemical substances to suppliers in need of help with an eye to enhancing the management of chemical substances across suppliers.

In November 2013, when Fuji Xerox Hai Phong was launched (in Hai Phong, Vietnam), we also held a briefing session for new suppliers and expanded the target of our survey on the use of hazardous chemical substances in components.

For components regulated by the REACH regulation, we are utilizing the established internal database for the surveys to be conducted using the article information sheets (AIS) provided by the Japan Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) as well as the new tool (chemSHERPA) so that we can proactively deal with the new information communication scheme for chemical substances used in components. With regard to compliance in the area of mixed substances in accordance with the REACH regulationNote 2, we are working on relevant toners etc. to complete registrations by the established deadline.

Outside Japan, we enhanced measures undertaken to comply with the local chemical substance-related laws in China in fiscal 2012. We established an organization within the local subsidiary to authorize local members to deal with the registration of chemical substances. We are now conducting examinations to implement these measures also in other Asian countries.

We will continue to take measures proactively to reduce the use of substances of concern in a prompt manner and in anticipation of future international trends.

Fiscal 2017 results for the PRTRNote 3-regulated substances

Ordinance No. Regulated substance Amount used (t) Atmospheric emissions (t)
4 Acrylic acid 11.6 0
7 Butyl acrylate 470.8 0
71 Ferric chloride 179.0 0
80 Xylene 3.1 0.8
232 N,N-dimethylformamide 0 0
240 Styrene 1533.4 0
296 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene 0 0
300 Toluene 216.0 7.3
309 Nickel compounds 0 0
384 1-bromopropane 2.0 0.1
392 n-Hexane 0 0
412 Manganese and its compounds 592.3 0
412 Manganese oxide 0 0
453 Molybdenum and its compounds 0 0
  Total 3008.2 8.3
  • Note 1 Enforced in July 1, 2006, the RoHS Directive regulates the use of six substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl [PBB], and polybrominated diphenyl ether [PBDE]) in electric and electronic equipment marketed within the EU.
  • Note 2 The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation has been enforced since June 2007 for the management of chemical substances within the EU. It mandates the registration of chemical substances that are manufactured in the EU or imported into the region in the amount of one ton or more per year.
  • Note 3 Substances regulated by the Japanese Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (PRTR Act)
    In the table, the total amounts of substances each treated in the amount of one ton or more at each production site are shown. The substances treated at our production sites outside Japan are not included in the tabulation target because they are managed under a system that is different from that implemented in Japan.

Mitigating the Risks Posed by On-site Chemical Substances

We are striving to reduce the risk of accidents and disasters associated with the chemicals handled at sites and to manage and reduce emissions of chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and substances subject to the Law concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR Act). In fiscal 2015, we expanded the implementation of the chemical substance management system introduced in fiscal 2014 to all of our sites in Japan and to two sites located outside the country. In fiscal 2016, we enforced management of chemical substances by establishing common explosion prevention criteria and systems for entire company. In fiscal 2017, the Chemical Substance Management Rules will be revised to ensure compliance with related laws and regulations in Japan and overseas. In response, we will investigate hazardousness of all chemical substances, estimate operation risks and secure worker’s safety. We will continue to strengthen our efforts in fiscal 2018 as we respond to regulations established toward reducing risks of chemical substances contained in products, and will improve our risk management in response to legal restrictions both in and outside of Japan.

Air Pollution Prevention

In fiscal 2017, we voluntarily reduced air emissions of 20 types of VOC identified by four electrical/electronic industry organizations, including JBMIA (Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association). With the increase of production, VOC emissions have increased from last year. In fiscal 2018, we will reconsider the emission reduction policy and the implementation plan, in light of anticipated future trends of domestic and international regulations.

VOC Emissions (20 substances identified by four electrical/electronic industry organizations)

Removal of Asbestos

Fuji Xerox is continuing its efforts to take appropriate measures to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos, such as taking steps to remove it or prevent its dispersion.

Storage and Appropriate Management of PCBs

Five development and production sites handle the storage and management of PCBs and appliances containing PCBs. In fiscal 2017, a part of PCBs was disposed in accordance with laws governing the disposal of PCBs. We will continue to subcontract this work.

Storage and Management of Appliances Containing PCBs

Item

Unit

Ebina Center

Takematsu Fuji Xerox Manufacturing

Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing

Tsukahara Training Center

Tateshina resort facility

Fiscal 2017 Total

High-voltage Transformer

Number of units stored

Unit

1

0

1

-

-

2

High-voltage Capacitor

Number of units stored

Unit

-

-

-

-

-

-

Waste Impact Paper

Weight

kg

-

-

-

-

-

-

Waste PCB Oil(oil containing PCBs)

Weight of PCB oil stored

kg

-

1,000

-

-

-

1,000

Ballast in Fluorescent Lamp

Ballast in fluorescent lamp

Unit

3,876

366

2,186

-

-

6,428

Low-voltage Capacitor (excl. fluorescent lamp)

Name

 

Stabilizer

Stabilizer

-

-

-

-

Number of units stored

Unit

116,130

816

-

-

-

116,946

Low-voltage Transformer

Number of units stored

Unit

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pole Transformer

Number of units stored

Unit

-

-

-

-

-

-

Textile Waste

Weight

kg

900

-

-

-

-

900

Sludge, etc.

Volume

m2

-

-

-

-

-

-

Other Appliances

Name

 

Isolated insulator

Experimental equipments

-

-

-

-

Number of units stored

Unit

164

6

-

-

-

170

Use and Storage of Appliances Containing Trace Amount of PCBs

Item

Unit

Ebina Center

Takematsu Fuji Xerox Manufacturing

Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing

Tsukahara Training Center

Tateshina Resort Facility

Fiscal 2017 Total

Transformer

Number of units in use

Unit

-

-

-

19

1

20

Number of units stored

Unit

9

21

62

 

 

92

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) (Material Safety Data Sheet [MSDS])

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Fuji Xerox has been using a format compliant with the JIS Z7253:2012 for data sheets issued in and after April 2015.
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