Over its entire history, Afton Chemical has shown a company-wide commitment to health, safety, environmental protection and security (HSES).
Today, that commitment is focused by an HSES management system and our ongoing initiative to improve performance.
Our company-wide vision is simple - no accidents, injuries or harm to the environment.
To guide us toward that goal, our management system helps us to:
- Meet legal requirements in all HSES areas
- Meet our own targets and goals
- Address stakeholder concerns
With our management system in place, we can effectively manage our operations and respond to stakeholder concerns.
Afton’s executives and employees realize that we’re members of the communities we operate in. We work with advisory panels and other public forums, and communicate with our neighbors and other interested stakeholders about our operations and progress in the areas of HSES.
Afton Chemical voluntarily reports a set of uniform, industry-wide metrics that measure individual company and industry performance. These metrics help us to identify areas for continuous performance improvement, and provide a means for us to communicate to the public about our HSES performance in issues such as health, safety, environment, security, product risk and economics.
Our Chemical Management System
Our chemical management system gives us a structure to effectively carry out specific activities regarding environment, health, safety, security, transport safety, product stewardship, outreach and emergency response.
Key components of this system include:
- Policy, planning and goal setting
- Definition of responsibilities
- Corrective action
- Continuous improvement
Our company-wide work under this system is regularly audited and certified to industry standards.
Afton is fully engaged with the definition of Product Stewardship as the “responsible and ethical management of chemicals throughout their life cycle.”
Our Global Business Directors are ultimately accountable for the safe development, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal of Afton petroleum additives.
On a worldwide basis, Afton divides its petroleum additives business into two distinct segments: Fuel Additives and Lubricant Additives. In addition, in most cases, the product manager acts as the Product Steward.
Afton primarily communicates the hazards of its products to its customers by its (Material) Safety Data Sheets and its Hazard Communication Labels. These documents and labels are produced by carefully evaluating the hazards of the raw materials which constitute the products as well as a separate evaluation of the hazards of the products themselves.
We support the principles of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and are writing GHS documentation to meet the regulatory timescales of various countries who are implementing GHS.
Further information and Product Stewardship Summaries for high-priority products are available upon request by contacting Afton’s HSES Product Stewardship Group (804) 788-5800.
Afton Chemical Corporation
500 Spring Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 788-5800 Fax: (804) 788-5184