We continue to build a culture of product stewardship throughout our operations, creating an environment in which our people feel able to seek advice and support. We encourage employees to stop, think and ask about what they are doing at all stages of process development and production changes.
Our Product Stewardship Standard (the Standard) requires enhanced testing intervals for all products and provides a robust description of which actions will prompt product retesting at a manufacturing site. Each site is required to send samples of the carbon black they are producing to our world-class laboratory in Marietta, USA, where they are logged into the laboratory information management system (LIMS), ensuring full traceability.
The Standard is enforced on-site by our Product Stewards, who monitor progress and employee training through annual self-assessments. The Stewards participate in regional Product Stewardship Committees, which report to a Global Product Stewardship Steering Committee. To effectively benefit from the Standard, our Management of Change Standard ensures we formally document any changes that could potentially impact our product.
In FY2018, we approved a project to automate SDS distribution, which will help to ensure continued compliance and increased efficiency across our global operations. This project was implemented in FY2019, and we are currently in the process of evaluating the systems for this to ensure effective communication with our existing data management systems.