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Environmental Management

Chemical Substances Management and Reduction

Our Stance

Chemical Substances Management

Our Stance

In conformance with applicable laws and regulations in Japan and abroad as well as trends in each jurisdiction, the OMRON Group has specified certain chemical substances as subject to in-house control, as it strives to conduct appropriate management of these substances.

FY2019 Overview

In fiscal 2019, there was no incident of leakage of chemical substances.

PCB Detoxification

For power capacitors and fluorescent lamp ballasts both with high concentrations of PCBs, detoxification treatment was completed by FY2016 by the Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation (JESCO). With regard to devices with low PCBs concentrations, detoxification treatment was completed by FY2016 by licensed operators.

Management of PRTR Substances

As for PRTR substances, the amounts used and transferred are managed at all production sites worldwide.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are chemicals that can cause suspended particulate matters such as PM2.5. The OMRON Group has been monitoring the VOC emissions in Japan starting fiscal 2003 results, and global emissions starting fiscal 2018 results. The emissions have been third-party assured starting 2019 results.

Reducing Mercury by Promoting Replacement

Targets

Reduction of mercury through the prevalence of digital thermometers and digital blood pressure monitors: 69 tons/year*1 as of fiscal 2020.

  • *1The OMRON Group revised its reduction goal in FY2017 to follow the trends of mercury regulation in each country.

Our Stance

Appropriate management and reduction of hazardous substances is one of the social challenges that the company needs to address.
Mercury is a hazardous substance that can produce abnormal effects on the nerves, kidneys, brain and more if its vapor is inhaled or fish that took in mercury is consumed.
The OMRON Group will help reduce levels of mercury by promoting the spread of digital thermometers and digital blood pressure monitors across the world.

FY2019 Overview

The OMRON Group continued to encourage the replacement of mercury thermometers and blood pressure monitors with digital units. In fiscal 2019 the shift to digital thermometers and digital blood pressure monitors brought about a reduction in mercury of 57 tons per year. Aiming to achieve the 2020 goal, the Group will keep working to contribute to the reduction in mercury use by promoting digital thermometers and digital blood pressure monitors.

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Stop Use of CFCs/HCFCs and Mercury (Fluorescent Lamp Use)

Goal

Stop use of CFCs*1 in FY2018.
Stop use of HCFCs*2 and mercury (fluorescent lamp use) in FY2020.

  • *1CFCs: Chlorofluorocarbons
  • *2HCFCs: Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

Our Stance

Appropriate management and reduction of hazardous substances is one of the social challenges that the company needs to address.
In fiscal 2017, the OMRON Group set environment-related social issues to address, together with the company's identified sustainability issues and long-term goals. After realizing the zero use of CFCs at all production sites worldwide in fiscal 2018, the Group is now working on the zero use of HCFCs and mercury (fluorescent lamp use) in fiscal 2020.

FY2019 Overview

- Equipment using HCFC and equipment using mercury (fluorescent lamp use*): Both down to zero, one year ahead of schedule
- Equipment using CFC: Down to zero in fiscal 2018 as planned

  • *Except for one site now transferring
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