In order to manufacture environmentally friendly products, Tokyo Electron(TEL) has set up a system for managing hazardous chemicals in products it uses. In addition, we proactively collect information on relevant laws and regulations in Japan and abroad to properly ensure compliance. We had no legal or regulatory violations or penalties during fiscal 2017.
When any substance of very high concern (SVHC) is present in our products at a level of 0.1% or higher, we disclose the information appropriately, based on EU REACH*1 regulations. We also provide safety data sheets (SDS) in accordance with GHS*2 requirements. To comply more effectively with regulations such as EU REACH and China RoHS,*3 in April 2015, we conducted a survey of our Japanese suppliers regarding the chemical substances contained in their products based on JAMP AIS.*4 In fiscal 2017, we made capital investments to strengthen our IT systems with the aim of enhancing supply chain management of chemical substances in products we use.
We are also focusing on employee education. We now offer a seminar on Product Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations to all employees, including not only managers but also staff members from relevant departments. The seminar consists of an overview of frequently revised environmental laws and regulations, lectures on target chemical substances, and comprehension tests. In fiscal 2017, 97% of our employees took the course.
We will continue to closely monitor and appropriately respond to relevant laws and regulations worldwide, further increasing our efforts to reduce hazardous chemical substances.
*1 EU REACH: An EU regulation pertaining to the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals
*2 GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
*3 China RoHS: Chinese regulation on materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Businesses are required to provide customers with relevant information on the use of these materials.
*4 JAMP AIS: Article Information Sheet (AIS) promoted by the Joint Article Management Promotionconsortium (JAMP). This sheet is used to communicate basic information on regulated chemical substances contained in products.