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Controlling Chemical Substances

Sound management of chemical substances

In Japan, the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law requires reports on the release and transfer of 354 designated chemical substances. At Nissan, the chemicals contained in materials that are used in our production processes are recorded in a system that gives us the total use and emission volumes of each substance. This system is linked to our purchasing management system for fully integrated management of these substances.
Following implementation in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom, we introduced this system for managing the volumes of incoming and outgoing chemical substances into operations in Mexico in fiscal 2004.

System for the adoption of new materials

Whenever new greases, chemicals, paints, or other materials are adopted for use within the company, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for that material is obtained from its manufacturer. Using this information, we evaluate the material's impact on the environment and worker safety. Materials found to be toxic are prohibited from being used or replaced with materials that have a lower environmental impact.

PRTR management system

Materials used by Nissan are registered in the PRTR* system, and the volumes used and discharged into the environment are totaled.

  • *PRTR: Pollution Release and Transfer Register

Please see the following for more information on Nissan's specific efforts and achievements:

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