Products Safety Initiatives
At UniCharm, to ensure your safety when using products that come into direct contact with your skin, we conduct checks based on basic regulations for quality control in all processes, from material procurement, to product development, manufacturing, sales and disposal.
At the material procurement stage, we establish guidelines to prevent contamination by chemical substances which have an impact on human health and the environment (*1), and a specialized department confirms the toxicity and legal compliance of chemical substances (*2). At development of products stage, we establish “gate” operations through safety evaluation committees (*5) and engage in risk assessment with consideration to actual use conditions, disposal methods, etc (*3).
In addition, we implement product use tests (*4) with products that use the safety-checked materials.
UniCharm does not conduct experiments involving animals for its safety checks, including outsourced testing, nor will we in the future.
*Not applicable in any cases where UC is held accountable toward society for safety issues or is met with demands from local administrations in certain countries.
QHSE - Integrated Management System Policy
Unicharm Middle East and North Africa for Hygienic Industries specialized in “manufacturing and selling infant diapers, women sanitary napkins and elderly diapers”
1 - Gives its priorities to:
1-1 Customer satisfaction by producing high quality products that matches their needs and expectations;
1-2 Invading new markets and increasing our market share in both local and international markets;
1-3 Consistent training of workers to increase their competencies and experiences and on hazards, OHS risks and actions determined that are relevant to them;
1-4 Determining risks / opportunities and their negative / positive impacts;
1-5 Commitment to the principles of occupational health and safety and providing a safe & healthy work environment to workers, visitors, contractors and the community;
1-6 Improving work environment to make sure of better environmental performance, preventing pollution & protecting workers from incidents;
1-7 Participation and consultation of workers or their representatives in developing, planning, implementing & evaluating actions for improving QOHSE management system.
2 - Our strategies to implement this policy are:
2-1 Establishing and implementing an integrated management system; including:
>ISO 9001 : 2015 on quality management systems;
>ISO 45001: 2018 on occupational health and safety management systems;
>ISO 14001: 2015 on environmental management systems.
2-2 Implementing “Plan-Do-Check-Act; PDCA” systematic approach to continually improve Unicharm MENA working system through internal & external audits, top management MRMs, workers’ complaints & suggestions box, consistent training & refreshment to workers, and submitting periodic reports on QHSE performance with full transparency;
2-3 Compliance with local and international specifications related to hygienic industries and legal requirements and other requirements on environment, occupational health and safety, quality, product safety and customer requirements;
2-4 Implementing an effective system to protect workers, visitors, contractors & the community against OHS risks & environmental aspects, analyze them, assess their negative effects & take corrective actions to be eliminated as well as identify HSE opportunities, assess their positive effects & take actions to be caught;
2-5 Setting a training plan on the principles of quality, OHS and environmental preservation;
2-6 Rational utilization of resources for sustainable development, protection of biodiversity and ecosystem, preservation of internal and external environments, disposing wastes appropriately that may affect the surrounding environment, and insure against fire through an emergency plan provided with required equipment & those used in environmental preservation;
2-7 Consistent supervising workers to assure their full commitment to this policy and investigate in any work-related incidents or any other environmental obstacles to prevent their reoccurrence;
2-8 Setting annual targets, providing the main resources for improving & enhancing performance, submitting periodic reports & reviewing the implementation of QHSE objectives.
3 - Application:
3-1 Unicharm MENA workers, contractors & visitors are responsible for abiding by this policy in all sites; including administrative offices, production halls, maintenance & facilities, warehouses, laboratory, catering area and green areas.
3-2 The managers in their respective are accountable for ensuring that this policy is fully communicated and implemented and its effectiveness is reviewed annually, making it available to interested parties whenever requested and notifying them in case of any core changes that affect company’s processes.
Safety check flow
Reference information example
- ECHA (European Chemicals Agency)
- SVHC (Substances of very high concern)
- RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
- Oeko-Tex standard 100
- EU DIRECTIVE2015/1221/EC
- DIRECTIVE 2009/48/EC (safety of toys)
- Implementation of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances
and Regulation of Their Manufacture
- POPs: Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
- Dioxin Regulation Act
- Montreal Protocol