We take product safety very seriously and do our utmost to offer our customers products that are safe to use and environmentally friendly.
Our products are made from renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, creating a solid basis for product safety.
Product safety systems at UPM cover the entire manufacturing process – from the procurement of raw materials to the delivery of end products. In terms of product safety, the ecodesign approach means that all of the impacts of the raw materials or manufacturing processes along the product’s entire value chain are taken into account and minimised during the design stage.
When chemicals are involved, the ecodesign approach begins with the selection process during the product development phase. Naturally, the chemicals chosen must fulfil all functional and operational demands, but they must also meet various legislative, environmental, and occupational health and safety requirements for the duration of the product’s lifetime.
For example, in the manufacturing stage, chemicals must not pose any hazard to employees working with them. In addition, chemicals must be compliant with the environmental permits of the production units and must not cause harm to the environment, whether as effluent in waterways or as emissions into the air.
To ensure and prove that our products do not contain hazardous chemicals or heavy metals that are harmful to health, we have created the UPM Restricted Chemical Substances List (UPM RSL).
In terms of end use, UPM products must be safe to handle and therefore must not contain chemicals, such as allergens or carcinogens, that may be harmful to human health. If the product is intended for contact with food or children’s toys, it must pass stringent tests, one of which is on migration; this restricts the chemicals that can be used in such products. The different ecolabels also include criteria for product safety and the use of chemicals.
At the end of the product’s life, we must also be able to guarantee that it can be disposed of safely or effectively collected for reuse.
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