To offer products with minimal adverse impact on environmental and human health, we identify and manage chemical substances following the SAICM*1 approach that lets us reduce the risks from the chemical substances that fill our lives. In addition, we work to minimize emissions of ozone, dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These controls extend to our suppliers, who are also expected to carefully manage sensitive substances.
*1 Adopted by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in 2006, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals.
In 1993, Ricoh set in-house standards that restrict the use of environmentally sensitive substances in our products. By 2006, we had completed a chemical substance management system (CMS) for suppliers and a management system for chemical substances (MSC) contained in the products of the Ricoh Group. These systems are a reliable mechanism for reducing and managing environmentally sensitive substances across the entire manufacturing process both at the Ricoh Group and our suppliers.
Our system uses an information database linked to the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) system to determine levels of substances contained in different parts of a product. This allows us to take precise action to comply with various national and international regulations such as REACH*2 and react quickly to regulatory changes.
*2 REACH: Framework for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) established by the European Union. It requires the registration and management of all chemical substances used in business to conform to safety standards. REACH came into force on June 1, 2007.
Framework for chemical substance control (MSC and CMS)
Toner, developer and other supplies contain a variety of chemical substances. As product safety is a fundamental part of our customer satisfaction policy, the Ricoh Group effectively controls chemical substances in its products with RECSIS*3, a Ricoh-developed information system that automatically evaluates the safety of supplies. RECSIS generates a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and other safety specifications for Ricoh products and verifies their conformation to the regulations of various countries.
Safety evaluation system for supplies
*3 RECSIS: Ricoh Environmental & Chemical Safety Information System
The Ricoh Group has established its own controls and standards for chemical emissions*4 generated by products while in use. We measure the chemical substances emitted by products like copiers and printers in the Ricoh testing laboratory, which has been certified by Germany’s BAM (Bundesanstalt für Material-forschung und-prüfung; Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing). We also obtained ISO/IEC 17025-based accreditation for technical competence of our testing and calibration laboratories in February 2012. Such third-party recognition enables us to submit authoritative test results when we are seeking environmental labels and other certifications from independent accreditation bodies, helping us bring environmentally friendly products to market more quickly and efficiently.
Moreover, under ISO/IEC 17025, we are qualified to test fine and ultrafine particles*5, for which there is increasing demand for international standardization.
Emission-measuring testing laboratory (Ricoh Ohmori office)
*4 Chemical emissions are chemical substances emitted by products and include ozone, dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
*5 Fine particles: ranging from 0.1 μm to 2.5 μm in diameter; ultrafine particles: less than 0.1 μm in diameter (Source: ECMA-328 Determination of Chemical Emission Rates from Electronic Equipment, fifth edition [December 2010])