As a responsible provider of chemical products, MGC clearly explains properties, safety, and handling of its chemical products and conducts various activities to protect the environment and ensure the health and safety of all who use our products.
Preventing Product-related Accidents
At MGC, we conduct basic surveys and safety assessments at the product development stage. When products correspond to new chemical substances, we first conduct safety testing and then classify the products according to whether they do or do not come under applicable regulations, as well as according to their degree of hazard under standards such as GHS*1, before preparing safety information such as safety data sheets (SDSs). Based on these, we perform risk assessments (based on hazards of the substances themselves and hazards related to exposure) for every stage of a product, from manufacture to disposal. Products are offered once this screening is complete.
Many of MGC's products are chemicals, and potential product-related accidents include fires and chemical burns. We present hazard information about chemicals with SDSs, product labels, and yellow cards given to customers and others concerned to ensure that products are handled safely.
We also hold seminars to our employees annually on how to prevent accidents involving our products, which helps to raise awareness of safety in product handling.
In the event problems related to the Product Liability Law (PL Law) occur, the designated staff person in charge of complaints at each Business Sector will work with the business division in question, the production divisions, research divisions, or logistics divisions to investigate the source of the problem and propose countermeasures. At the same time, the Product Liability Committee, which receives reports from the designated staff person in charge of complaints, will formulate and implement company-wide preventive measures. It should be noted that, thus far, problems related to the Product Liability Law have not occurred at MGC.
* GHS : The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Chemical hazards are classified under fixed standards and are indicated clearly with pictograms on labels and through SDS documentation. Ultimately, the information contributes to accident prevention and to protecting human health and the environment.
Providing Safety Information
MGC provides safety information on chemicals through means including submission of product SDSs, placement of product warning labels on containers, and distribution of Yellow Cards.
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
SDSs are documents that convey detailed information about the handling and safety of chemicals and are submitted to companies that handle MGC’s chemicals, such as customers, sales agents, and shipping companies. MGC prepared SDSs that conform to GHS-compliant JIS (JIS Z 7253).
Easy-to-understand GHS-compliant warnings and safety information for users are printed on labels affixed to our chemical products.
We are revising SDSs by reviewing the safety information and are revising labels as well.
A Yellow Card is a card readied in preparation for an accident during domestic shipment. It briefly lists a product’s properties, laws that apply to the product, and emergency response measures, as well as contact information including fire departments, police departments, and MGC. We distribute these cards to shippers of chemicals and ensure that they are carried during product shipments.
Chemical and Product Safety Education
MGC conducts chemical and product safety education within its product liability (PL) training at each business site. In 2017, we conducted education on companies’ stances toward and handling of PL. The scope of chemical substances subject to mandatory risk assessments grew under the June 1, 2016 amendment to the Industrial Safety and Health Act. We are conducting education on risk assessment methods for the chemicals that have been added since then. This ensures safety within the company and deepens knowledge regarding the safety of persons who handle our products and impacts on the natural environment.
Ensuring Safety during Transportation
MGC educates transportation companies on chemical substance safe handling methods and conducts audits to confirm that transportation companies are handling chemical products properly. We also periodically exchange information with transportation companies and work to ensure safety during transportation.
Responses to Accidents during Transportation
MGC readies emergency materials (sandbags, oil barriers, absorption mats, neutralizing agents, and so on) in preparation for leaks of chemical substances caused by accidents during transportation. We also conduct drills with transportation companies to enhance our ability to respond to emergencies.
GLP certified testing facility
The MGC Niigata Research Laboratory is recognized by the Japanese government as conforming to GLP* test facilities for Ames mutagenicity testing. GLP test reports command high confidence internationally. In addition, as GLP test reports can be used in notifications under the Industrial Safety and Health Law and the Law concerning the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., we conduct GLP tests when notifications are necessary for new chemical substances that are part of our product development.
We conduct testing to assess the safety of the chemicals handled by the MGC Group, including acute oral toxicity studies, primary skin irritation tests studies, and pathogenicity studies.
* GLP (Good Laboratory Practice): GLP is a system that ensures the reliability of test results through government recognition of excellent testing facilities that demonstrate GLP-based management, testing equipment, test planning, internal auditing systems, reliability assurance systems, and compliance with test result standards.