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Management of Chemical Substances

Initiatives for managing chemical substances

The POLA ORBIS Group not only submits the administrative reports mandated under the PRTR Act (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Act), but are legally managing raw materials, reagents, and other chemical substances at our plants and laboratories. Moreover, we voluntarily enforce use and disposal control. In accordance with the PRTR Act, we are monitoring how much of each of the three regulated chemical substances we handle. We have reported that current volumes are below the prescribed values. With regard to other chemical substances, we are promoting environmental measures, implementing SDS management, and promoting reduced use through independent committee activities implemented centering on the Health and Safety Committee. (ISO14001-certified)

Environmental preventive preservation to fight air pollution, etc.

The POLA ORBIS Group is curtailing gas emissions to prevent air pollution. We are also implementing measures to treat waste water and reduce noise, and are successfully keeping values below the references prescribed in laws relating to environmental preventive preservation.

Evaluating law observance

Boilers Particulate matter(g/Nm3) No legal standard values for small once-through boilers 0.05 or less Below 0.005 Below 0.005
Nitrogen oxide(ppm) No legal standard values for small once-through boilers 100 or less 28 17
Waste water treatment BOD(mg/L) *20 or less 18 or less 1.0 Below 0.5
COD(mg/L) - 40 or less 2.5 4.0
Other water quality standards Standards for 6 other items Standards for 6 other items Within standard Within standard
Drinking water Water supply Standards for 51 items Standards for 51 items Within standard Within standard
Wells Standards for 40 items Standards for 40 items Within standard Within standard
Noise Mornings and evenings(dB) 60 or less 60 or less 49 or less (November)
Daytime(dB) 65 or less 65 or less 54 or less (November)
Nighttime(dB) 55 or less 55 or less 42 or less (November)
Vibrations Daytime(dB) 70 or less 70 or less Below 33 (November)
Nighttime(dB) 65 or less 65 or less Below 30 (November)

* We measured SOx emitted from boilers in September 2017, but amounts were too miniscule to be measured.

Response to Microplastic Beads

Taking into consideration the effects microplastic beads* have on the environment, the POLA ORBIS Group switched from these beads, used in face wash and more, all to an alternate material by 2018.

* Intentionally added to personal care products to exfoliate and clean the skin. These plastic beads are less than 5 mm in size and are made of synthetic, non-water soluble solid plastic.