We take product safety seriously and do our utmost to offer our customers products that are both safe to use and environmentally sound.
Product safety - always a priority
Ecodesigned from cradle to grave
Product safety is an important cornerstone of product stewardship. Always prioritizing safety, we use materials that are renewable or recyclable or, in the best case both, to create a solid basis for responsible product stewardship from the product’s cradle to its grave – and beyond.
Product safety systems at UPM cover the entire manufacturing process – from the procurement of raw materials to the delivery of end products. Our sustainable product desing approach means that impacts of our raw materials and manufacturing processes are properly identified along the product’s entire life-cycle and negative impacts are minimized already in the design stage.
Protecting the whole value chain
As part of our sustainable product design approach, all chemicals used in production are subjected to a strict 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.
UPM products are designed safe for their intented uses. On top of the regulatory reguirements and voluntary commitments, like ecolabels, we have defined a specific criteria to provide additional control for use of hazardous chemicals and to guide us in selection of chemicals. We apply the approval process not only to raw materials and direct process additives but also to chemicals used in maintenance. Only approved chemicals can be used. If a product is intended for contact with food or for children’s toys, it must in addition pass stringent testing according to national food contact material regulations or EU Harmonized Standards for toys. Our various ecolabels also define criteria for selection and use of chemicals. At the end of the product’s life cycle, we must be able to guarantee that it can be disposed safely or efficiently collected for recycling.
Compliance with laws and regulations
Complying with mandatory laws and regulations such as REACH or certification of food contact materials or toys is just the start for us. We offer our paper customers a tool called the UPM Product Safety Profile that provides one-step access to a concise summary of all relevant product safety information.