Sustainability at PPG

Environment, Health and Safety

Management Systems

The PPG EHS Management System is integrated into each of our strategic business units. Our policy incorporates the elements of Responsible Care and Coatings Care initiatives and emphasizes our commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability.

PPG's EHS Management System
PPG’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy is implemented using PPG’s EHS Management System. MORE>

Coatings Care
PPG’s coatings businesses have voluntarily implemented Coatings Care®, a progressive health, safety and environmental initiative... MORE>

Responsible Care
Since 1988, PPG’s Chemicals businesses in the United States have implemented Responsible Care®... MORE>

ISO14001:2004 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an environmental management system... MORE> 

PPG is committed to the protection of all company assets and personnel, and to operating each of its businesses in a secure and responsible manner...MORE>

Central to PPG’s focus on energy and the environment is its EHS Policy. The policy provides the guidelines under which PPG markets, distributes and manufactures products globally in a responsible manner that protects employees, neighbors, customers and the environment. The EHS Policy is implemented through the EHS Management System, a global system that ensures consistent presentation and execution of EHS goals and strategies across all businesses worldwide.

PPG’s EHS Policy incorporates the elements of several voluntary global industry initiatives, including Responsible Care® and Coatings Care®, which help companies manage safe and environmentally responsible practices in the chemicals and coatings industries. At more than 40 of its facilities, PPG has received ISO 14001:2004 certification. For a full list of certified facilities, click here.

Key features of the EHS Management System include the following:
  • Providing prioritization tools for the most effective use of PPG’s resources
  • Establishing consistency in EHS performance through the use of a common language and sharing of successful systems and practices
  • Ensuring continuity of EHS implementation across facilities and regions
  • Maintaining accountability for EHS performance across all levels of the company
  • Driving performance improvements across the organization

The EHS Management System is integrated into each of PPG’s businesses. The system consists of 12 elements. Each element, in turn, contains underlying principles and a description of PPG’s expectations of its business operations.

EHS Continuous Improvement Initiatives

New EHS Data Collection System
PPG recognizes that accurate data collection is critical to regulatory compliance, reporting and disclosure. As PPG’s EHS program moves beyond compliance to anticipating and avoiding environmental, safety or other issues and meeting expanded sustainability objectives, the number of stakeholder groups who need environmental data to drive improvement also expands.

To that end, in 2010, PPG made a significant investment in installing and educating managers on the use of new EHS software to collect and analyze environmental data throughout its global operations. This software helps EHS teams to more easily input environmental information and track regular progress against environmental goals. Through the use of dashboards and customized reports, managers can make comparisons plant-toplant, process-to-process, business-to-business and month-to-month, and they can visualize their facility’s “footprint,” including the input of raw materials and the output of waste generated.

The new software gives PPG the ability to manage its environmental impact across its many regions and countries of operations with consistent metrics and in one database. In addition, it creates an audit trail for data integrity and verification. By the close of 2010, the software and a reporting protocol were in place for all PPG manufacturing and research and development sites to be able to enter data into the new system.