Product safety - always a priority
We take product safety very seriously and do our utmost to offer our customers products that are both safe to use and environmentally friendly.
Ecodesigned from cradle to grave
Product safety is an important cornerstone of product stewardship. Always prioritizing safety, we use renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials 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 ecodesign approach means that all impacts of our raw materials and manufacturing processes are properly identified along the product’s entire value chain and minimized during the design stage.
Protecting the whole value chain
As part of our ecodesign approach, all chemicals used in our processes 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.
For example, chemicals used during manufacturing must not pose any hazard to employees handling them. In addition, they must be compliant with the environmental permits granted for the production unit and must not cause harm to the environment, whether as effluent in waterways or as emissions into the air.
During their usage, UPM products must be safe to handle and free of allergens, carcinogens and any other chemicals that may be harmful to human health. If the product is intended for contact with food or children’s toys, it must pass stringent migration tests, for exam and other strict criteria. This restricts the range of chemicals that can be used in such products. Our various ecolabels also define criteria for product safety and the use of chemicals. In addition, we have created our own UPM RSL list to protect the environment and to ensure that our products are safe to use. At the end of the product’s life, we must be able to guarantee that it can be disposed of safely or collected efficiently for reuse.
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.
UPM requires all its suppliers to be fully compliant with the requirements of the European Community REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) regulations.