Our businesses are highly regulated in all of the jurisdictions in which we operate.
Our domestic and international manufacturing facilities and operations are subject to both national and international regulatory regimes. In the Member States of the European Union, the regulatory environment of our business activities is shaped by EU directives and regulations, which are either implemented in the individual Member States through national legislation or have direct application to the states or individuals.
In the United States, our facilities are subject to the environmental laws and regulations of the U.S. federal government and those of the State of Texas. Regulations that affect our operations mostly relate to areas of environmental protection, product safety and quality, occupational health and safety and plant safety.
Environmental, health and safety, or EHS, laws and regulations govern our facilities and our operations, including:
- The storage, handling, treatment and offsite disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
- Water discharges
- Air emissions
- Human health and safety
- The remediation of contaminated sites
- The sale and use of the products we manufacture
Many of our operations require permits and controls to monitor or prevent pollution. We have incurred, and will continue to incur, substantial ongoing capital and operating expenditures to ensure compliance with current and future EHS laws and regulations, which tend to become more stringent over time, and the more stringent enforcement of these laws and regulations.
Our environmental management systems, which are certified to the ISO 14001 standard at our European sites, are intended to ensure that we both comply with applicable environmental requirements and minimize environmental risk by promoting environmental protection activities and initiatives.
Quality, Energy, Environmental Protection, Occupational Safety and Health Policy
Environment, Health and Safety at the OXEA Plant Ruhrchemie (document only available in German)
Safety precaution at the OXEA Plant Ruhrchemie (document only available in German)