Ensuring our customers and other people handling our products are provided with the safety information they need is a key part of product safety. To collect this information, we have conducted product safety reviews of all our commercial products by characterizing EH&S hazards, examining uses, and taking actions to address concerns. Safety information from these reviews has been used in safety data sheets (SDS), which are a primary vehicle for communicating hazards information. We also share products hazards through labels that are compliant with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), Safetygrams, and customer training.
Product safety reviews and our phased process for new technology development support the intent of the Precautionary Principle. These processes use formal programs to identify and address potential risks. In addition, we have conducted Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to quantify the environmental "footprint" of select products and technologies for comparison to new and competitive offerings.
To help manage the security and risks of our highest hazard products, we have instituted customer qualification requirements. Before a customer can receive certain products, that customer company must be evaluated against specific criteria to assess their qualifications for handling the product.
REACH and Global Product Regulations
We are committed to being a leader in the areas of the environment, health and safety and comply with or exceed laws and regulations.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), the EU chemicals legislation in force since 2007, requires the registration of substances manufactured or imported in the EU above a certain volume.
Air Products has completed all required registrations working with many external stakeholders including regulatory authorities, customers, suppliers, and co-registrants. We have also put measurements and processes in place to maintain compliance beyond the 2018 deadline. We have also put measurements and processes in place to maintain compliance beyond the 2018 deadline.
We provide clear and easy to understand directions on the safe use and handling of our products, all of which comply with our own requirements and governmental regulations for hazard communication information, specifically data sheets and labels. We have completed the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to define, classify and consistently communicate chemical hazards and safety information.
Product Safety Training
Air Products offers safety training to our customers. The training topics vary from general compressed gases safety to product specific safety. This training can be arranged by contacting your sales representative. If you are not sure who your sales representative is, call our Customer Service Organization at 800-224-2724, and they will be glad to help you contact your representative.
Emergency Response SystemFor assistance involving Air Products' gases and equipment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
800-523-9374 (Continental U.S. and Puerto Rico)
610-481-7711 (Other locations)