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Sustainability at PPG

Environment, Health and Safety


Product Stewardship - Hazard Communication

As part of PPG’s commitment to marketing, distributing, and manufacturing products globally in a responsible manner, programs are in place to communicate with our employees, customers and the public.

To find a Safety Data Sheet, click here.
If you cannot locate the SDS on this site, please contact your
PPG sales representative or the retail outlet where the product was purchased.

PPG’s Hazard Communication programs are supported by a staff of specialists knowledgeable in such disciplines as chemistry, biology, medicine, industrial hygiene, and toxicology.

PPG complies with applicable laws and regulations in the countries where PPG operates. Where laws and regulations regarding hazard communication have not been established, PPG follows international practices. PPG evaluates each of its products for hazards and communicates any determined hazards through warning labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which are compliant with the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which the product is manufactured, as well as the jurisdiction into which the product will be distributed or offered for sale.

PPG retains SDS from suppliers for all raw materials. Employees can access these SDS via work site computers or in hard copy files in our facilities.

PPG also creates and maintains SDS for all finished products. While these documents are required by law in many countries, PPG is committed to providing communication even in those areas where it is not mandated. If no regulatory requirements for hazard communication exist in a jurisdiction, a Safety Data Sheet and warning label are prepared in the official language of the recipient jurisdiction. Effective January 1, 2008, the content and format of these documents will comply with the requirements outlined in the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

In addition, PPG labels all finished products in a manner that meets or exceeds applicable legal requirements.

 


Recent highlights from PPG’s Hazard Communication efforts:

    The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and recommends harmonized hazard communication requirements, including warning labels and safety data sheets (SDS).

    To learn more about how PPG is monitoring the development of this legislation, click here.

  • PPG is in the process of implementing centralized global systems to assist in the creation and distribution of compliant SDS and labels worldwide. A key initiative will be to address the United Nations Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances.
  • Global customers require SDS in multiple formats and languages to meet varied country requirements. This requires tracking and managing the implementation of complex and ever-changing global regulations. Currently, SDS are available in 43 languages.
  • The limited availability of hazard communication regulations and regulatory expertise in some emerging markets requires PPG to supplement these areas with internal stewardship practices, which include:
    • identification of occupational hazards
    • providing SDS and labels in local languages, following international and generally accepted formats
  • Annually, PPG distributes over 400,000 SDS globally.