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To restrict the use of chemicals, the Volvo Group has maintained a ‘Black list’ of prohibited chemicals and a ‘Grey list’ of products whose use must be limited since 1996.
The lists serve as a tool for substituting hazardous substances from the production processes. A database (called MOTIV) is maintained to make it easier to choose chemicals that are going to be handled. The database contains detailed information on more than 6,000 chemical products.
Projects for ensuring compliance with the European REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation have been conducted and Volvo Group has a process in place to fulfill the REACH legislation. REACH aims to evaluate and limit risks of chemicals to health and to the environment through the implementation of control measures such as registration, restrictions, prohibitions and communication requirements. The Volvo Group is continuing its work to streamline the internal processes for REACH compliance and adapt existing tools to reflect the content of REACH.
The global environmental standard for production plants determines that there shall be processes for health and environmental assessments of all chemicals, including efforts to the Black list and replace the chemicals on the Grey list.