Environment, Health & Safety

Our businesses are highly regulated in all of the jurisdictions in which we operate.

Our domestic and international manufacturing facilities and operations are subject to both national and international regulatory regimes. Regulations that affect our operations mostly relate to areas of environmental protection, product safety and quality, occupational health and safety and plant safety

Environmental, health and safety, or EHS, laws and regulations govern our facilities and our operations, including:

  • The storage, handling, treatment and offsite disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
  • Water discharges
  • Air emissions
  • Human health and safety
  • The remediation of contaminated sites
  • The sale and use of the products we manufacture

Many of our operations require permits and controls to monitor or prevent pollution. We have incurred, and will continue to incur, substantial ongoing capital and operating expenditures to ensure compliance with current and future EHS laws and regulations, which tend to become more stringent over time, and the more stringent enforcement of these laws and regulations.

Our environmental management systems, which are certified to the ISO 14001 standard at our European sites, are intended to ensure that we both comply with applicable environmental requirements and minimize environmental risk by promoting environmental protection activities and initiatives.