Brenntag takes appropriate measures to ensure the proper handling of our products. These measures include procurement, packaging, classification and labelling, handling, storage and transportation. We produce product dossiers and safety instructionsand see to disposal. Brenntag acts in accordance with the applicable standards and regulations and also cooperates closely with the industry’s national and regional umbrella associations which its national organizations belong to.
Responsible Care/Responsible Distribution
For many years now, Brenntag has taken part in the “Responsible Care/Responsible Distribution” (RC/RD) Program of the organization of the International Chemical Trade Associations (ICTA). We are therefore committed to the implementation of the eight guidelines laid down in this global program covering the following areas:
- Legal requirements
- Management of risk
- Policies and documentation
- Provision of information
- Emergency response
- Ongoing improvements
- Community interaction
The policies of the RC/RD programme have been incorporated into our HSE strategy and programmes and therefore play a key part in the safe handling of chemical products and, as a result, in the protection of soil, air and water as well as occupational safety within our company. Adherence to these policies is verified and documented by external assessors.
Brenntag has also specified that all operating companies join the RC/RD programme. Due to the fact that an RC/RD programme is not offered by national organizations in every country in which Brenntag operates, programmes have been developed and existing processes optimized in the individual regions to verify internally that the guidelines in force in the relevant countries are adhered to. In this way, Brenntag companies play their part in the global obligation towards Responsible Care.
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*These data do not include pure sales and service entities with a revenue of under 100,000 EUR as well as acquired entities which, as at December 31, 2018, have been part of the Brenntag Group for less than a year.
Since June 1, 2007, Regulation (EU) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) has formed the legal framework across Europe for the safe handling of chemicals in order to protect the environment and human health. The regulation includes mandatory provisions for the production, import, handling and use of pure and mixed chemical substances.
One of the cornerstones of REACH is the mandatory registration on the part of manufacturers and importers. Brenntag complied with this mandatory registration in good time, with the result that all of the planned registrations had been successfully made before the final registration deadline at the end of May 2018.
Supported by our experts on regulatory matters, our REACH-trained product and sales managers are able to proficiently address the wishes of our suppliers and customers:
- Ensuring a REACH-compliant supply and usage system
- Safeguarding optimal communication within the delivery chain
- Support in relation to many REACH-related issues
- Helping to ensure that imported substances are REACH-compliant
- Identifying alternative substances