The principles of product stewardship, as set out by Fertilizers Europe, guide all of Yara’s activities. They ensure that proper care is taken along the entire value chain, from product development and purchase of raw materials, through production, storage and distribution, to sales, delivery and usage. IFA is now adopting the same principles for global implementation, with Yara as a main contributor in establishing the framework and contents of such activities.
Yara’s reach program
The EU regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) requires the classification, testing and registration of all substances in the European chemical industry. While it is a costly process with profound impacts on Yara’s operations, REACH also has its benefits. It establishes a thorough lab-to-label quality control of chemicals on the European market, and only eligible players will have market access. This improved control and knowledge of chemical substances will help safeguard human health and the environment.
Yara’s REACH program is tackling the regulation in four ways:
Get compliant: Registration of substances according to deadlines, defining business process changes and preparing the organization
Stay compliant: Daily execution of the revised work processes and managing of future changes
Support compliance: Development of IT tools to manage data flow, and continuous updates of work procedures and steering documents
Report compliance: Implementation of new product labeling and provision of extended safety data sheets
Yara successfully completed the first phase of REACH in 2008, pre-registering close to 1,700 manufactured and imported substances. In 2009, Yara continued its preparations for the next registration deadline in December 2010, contacting about 700 suppliers to gather information on purchased substances, informing thousands of customers, and launching an online tool to assure customers that their use of substances will be included in Yara’s registration. Leading up to the 2010 deadline, Yara will cooperate closely with other parts of the industry to carry out testing and documentation of products. Also, Yara will revise safety data sheets for all products and update packaging and labeling.
In 2009, Yara continued the process for certification of plants according to the international standards ISO 9001 Quality management systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. This process is well on the way toward completion in 2011 (see table on page 24), with certification being carried out by Det Norske Veritas. In addition, certification in accordance to other standards is also in place, such as for energy management and food quality systems.