Reducing the Risk of Chemical Substances
There is international consensus on the need for companies that manufacture and use chemical substances to take steps to minimize the adverse effects of chemicals, not only on human health, but also on the environment. Based on this shared perception, many countries around the world are currently revising their regulations concerning chemical substances.
Having taken a position in advance of this new international current, based on a concept known as the "precautionary principle," Konica Minolta has focused on enhancing its advance evaluation of chemical risks, reducing the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere, and eliminating hazardous substances from production processes and products, for improving safety management for workers and product users.
The Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015 sets targets for strict management of chemical substances, including the entire supply chain,* and reduction of atmospheric emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in order to further reduce the risk of chemical substances.
- Supply chain: In this case, the process by which raw materials from upstream companies pass through component manufacturers and are delivered to Konica Minolta.