About Konica Minolta

Ensuring Product and Chemical Substance Safety

Systems for Eliminating Chemical Substance Risks

Prior Risk Assessment of Chemical Substances

Using its unique safety verification system to achieve the appropriate management of chemicals

Risk assessment of candidate materials using a safety verification system

Konica Minolta has established a safety verification system that assesses the risk of candidate materials when considering the use of new chemicals in the process of creating products. Using this system, the Group practices appropriate management based on comprehensive chemical risk assessment in terms of product safety, environmental safety, and work safety.

Safety Verification System

Designation of prohibited and restricted chemical substances

Konica Minolta designates prohibited and restricted chemicals based on its own criteria in order to eliminate chemicals with unacceptable hazards in the prior risk assessment carried out before the adoption of a chemical substance. These criteria include not only chemicals regulated by law, but also chemicals recognized as significantly hazardous by specialized institutions.

Calculating risk points for chemicals

Konica Minolta calculates points for the hazard risk of substances based on a unique calculation method used in its safety verification system. This quantifies the hazardousness based on three factors: (1) type and degree of hazardousness; (2) level of safety measures; and (3) amount used. Using these numbers, it is possible to compare different types of risks—such as the danger of an explosion or serious health effects such as carcinogenicity—on the same scale. In this way, Konica Minolta quantitatively assesses the risks of hazardousness in chemicals.

Risk management that envisions substance usage

Since risks differ depending on the form of exposure, Konica Minolta classifies substances into five categories that envision usage, ranging from use under strict safety controls (e.g., at production sites) to use by the general public, which cannot be assumed to take safety measures. It then specifies safety requirements according to the different risks in order to carry out more practical risk management.
When there is a necessity to use highly hazardous chemicals, Konica Minolta holds a safety determination meeting to stipulate rigorous management conditions for minimizing risks in terms of procurement, storage, handling, and disposal.

Risk assessment during continual use

Even after incorporating a chemical into the production process following risk assessment, Konica Minolta checks periodically to make sure that there are no changes in the amount used or the conditions of use. If there are any changes, a risk assessment is performed again to ensure appropriate management.

Reducing and Fully Phasing out Chemicals

Reducing VOCs based on Konica Minolta's own risk management indicators

Konica Minolta assesses risk based on a chemical's hazardousness and amount of use and is committed to finding alternatives and reducing those substances judged to have a high risk. Since 1993 it has been making efforts to reduce atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from production sites worldwide. It identified VOCs with particularly high risks for full phase-out, and has maintained the full phase-out status for those identified items.

Reducing atmospheric emissions of VOCs

Konica Minolta is systematically reducing VOCs in line with its own environmental impact index, which multiplies the impact on the human body and the environment by a location coefficient as a management indicator. Each site has established reduction goals in line with the Sustainable Factory Certification System and is working to achieve them.

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Calculation of Environmental Impact Index
  Hazard coefficient Example of substances
Substances that pose a risk to human health
Substances that pose a risk to ecosystems
Substances that pose a risk of atmospheric pollution
×100 1, 2-dichloroethane
×10 dichloromethane, ethyl acrylate, n-heptane
Substances that pose a risk of having an indirect adverse impact on the environment ×1 isopropyl alcohol, methanol, ethanol, acetone, ethyl acetate
Environmental impact index: An index unique to Konica Minolta.
Environmental impact index (point) = Atmospheric emissions of VOCs [t] × Hazard coefficient × Location coefficient
Hazard coefficient: Set at 1-fold, 10-fold, or 100-fold depending on the severity of the impact on human health and the environment (set independently by Konica Minolta based on the coefficient used in the safety evaluations conducted by Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan)
Location coefficient: Outside the industrial park: 5; inside the industrial park: 1

Substances for Which Konica Minolta Achieved a Full Phase-Out

Konica Minolta earmarked the VOCs below for full phase-out, having judged them as having an especially high risk based on the hazardousness and amount of use of each substance and made systematic efforts from early on toward that end. Those efforts resulted in the achievement of a full phase-out in fiscal 2010, which has been maintained ever since.

Substances for which Konica Minolta achieved a full phase-out

Countermeasures against Contamination of Soil and Ground Water

Striving to manage the state of contamination through regular monitoring, to facilitate cleanup, and to prevent the spread of contamination

Konica Minolta has implemented countermeasures at sites where soil or ground water contamination has been identified to ensure that the contaminants do not affect the surrounding environment. This is followed up by periodic observation and strict management.
The Group has organized a specialist team to manage remediation of polluted sites and to prevent the spread of contamination. Detailed surveys conducted under the team's supervision serve as the basis for developing countermeasures and examining suitable purification technologies.
The Group reports the results of its observations and remediation efforts to local government agencies.

Dealing with Asbestos

Konica Minolta is conducting a survey into the usage of sprayed asbestos in the buildings of all its sites and affiliated companies in Japan. It had confirmed that there are no health risks for exposure to residual asbestos. Going forward, it will continue to systematically remove the asbestos.

Dealing with PCBs (Condition of Storage)

Konica Minolta takes steps for the proper storage and management of PCB wastes kept in all its sites and affiliated companies in Japan to prevent leakage. It also reports the condition of storage to the government in accordance with the law. Since fiscal 2007, it has been commissioning the disposal of wastes with high concentrations of PCBs to JESCO,* completing this disposal in fiscal 2021. The Group will continue efforts to replace and dispose of equipment for which low-concentration PCB contamination is a concern by the end of fiscal 2027, the deadline for treatment.

JESCO: Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation
Condition of Storage of PCB Waste in Japan (as of March 31, 2023)
Stored items Unit Quantity
Figures in parentheses indicates low-concentration PCBs
Transformers Units 0 (0)
Capacitors Units 8 (8)
Fluorescent ballasts Units 0 (0)
Other devices Units 2 (2)
PCB oil kg 0 (0)
PCB pollutants kg 0 (0)
Trace PCB contaminated materials during operation (as of March 31, 2023, Japan)
Stored items Unit Trace PCB contaminated materials
Transformers Units 3