New Product Safety Standards are on the Way
In the U.S., we’ve been using petroleum products widely for about 150 years. All these years of experience give MPC a head start when it comes to product safety; it would be difficult to find anyone who isn’t already familiar with the common hazards associated with gasoline, diesel or kerosene. To help our customers and the public with these basics, MPC routinely distributes or makes available precautionary handling fact sheets called “Safety Data Sheets” (SDSs) for our products. In an effort to be fully transparent, MPC has also placed SDSs for every finished product we manufacture on our website:
But we won’t simply assume that the product safety measures we’ve employed in the past can’t be enhanced. “Part of being an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® company is going the extra mile in the name of product stewardship, and adopting the new Product Safety Code’s management practices is along that extra mile,” says Dr. Rudy Breglia, MPC’s manager of Toxicology and Product Safety. Adopting the management practices, Breglia added, demonstrates that doing business the right way is vitally important to MPC, and to anyone who handles or uses our products.
The Product Safety Code goes beyond regulatory requirements to reassure consumers that the chemical industry makes products that are safe for their intended uses, understands its responsibility and considers health, safety and environmental stewardship top priorities. We recognize that while people need and want our products, everyone also wants to feel safe when using them.
Breglia notes that implementing the new Product Safety Code is a complex process, requiring 11 management practices to be put in place. By the end of 2014, MPC President and CEO Gary R. Heminger signed the Responsible Care Product Safety Code attestation statement noting that the company had implemented the first three practices:
- Leadership commitment: Our company leadership is committed to a culture of product safety in word, policy and deed.
- Accountability and management: We have clearly established accountability for product safety, and these practices are integral to the way we operate.
- Prioritization of products: We use a risk-based process to consider available hazard, exposure and intended use information to rank products in need of further evaluation.
As a company that is ultimately responsible for meeting its consumers’ needs, Breglia emphasizes that an increased focus on product safety – and management practices to ensure a sound approach – will strengthen MPC’s commitment to safeguard our employees, facilities, neighbors and the consumers we serve.