Product safety includes all of the measures aimed at safely managing products throughout their lifecycle, being aware from the outset of the inherent dangers of products and then managing that risk, depending on their use, to minimize the adverse effects on people and the environment.
Product Safety activity is regulated internationally. Over the years, this legislation has been broadened and made stricter.
In Europe, with the aim of reducing the risks of chemical products and in order to uniformly improve information provided to consumers on chemical risks, a single system has been created based on International Agreements and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). First, there is the CLP Regulation, which establishes standards for classifying, labeling, and packaging chemical products. Then there is the REACH Regulation, which improves the awareness of the dangers and effects of the chemical products on the market to humans and the environment.
European authorities analyze the danger of said products and act accordingly, restricting the use of or prohibiting those substances which may present a high level of risk.
After the entry into force of the aforementioned laws, regulations with similar goals were published in other parts of the world.
At Repsol we evaluate, monitor, and report the risks that the products we use pose to health and the environment. We put thousands of distinguished commercial products on the market and also use and handle thousands of different raw materials in our facilities.
We perform analyses of the characteristics of the raw materials used in our final products and of the possible risks of the products we sell, which are taken into consideration—from the beginning phases of developing the product concept—its research and development, its certification, all the way through to its manufacture and production, storage, distribution, promotion, and marketing, and finally reaching its use, elimination, and recycling.
We comply with the European REACH Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances, and with the CLP Regulation on Classification, Labeling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures for all of our products. Our procedures on information and labeling include providing information on the origin of the product's components, content of the substance that could have a potential environmental or health impact, information on how to safely use the product, and instructions on how to safely dispose of the product.
Furthermore, we are working on broadening the knowledge on our products through our participation in several European Union working groups specializing in Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, and Classification of Commercial Substances. Repsol is an active member in the main European industrial associations of the Oil&Gas sector such as CONCAWE (Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe) and Fuels Europe, as well as chemical sector associations such as CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council), which lay out guidelines in the field of product risk management and establish best practices for the sector.
Additionally, we provide our employees, contractors, customers, and institutions, among others, with information on the chemical products that we manufacture and use, through Product Safety Data Sheets (PSDS) and other related internal documents according to the specific legislation of the country where the products are sold.
PSDS provide ample information on the characteristics, possible risks, and preventative measures for safely handling our products and the measures to be taken in the event an incident occurs.
Furthermore, we create Internal Safety Sheets (ISS) and Product Information Sheets (PIS) in order to provide information on the safety of the products used in our industrial facilities.
These documents are regularly updated according to changes in national and international legislation and are managed through a computer application that allows us to achieve greater efficiency in their management and give greater independence to users at the different businesses.