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Most industrialized nations have recognized the need to regulate the handling of restricted substances — hazardous chemicals believed to present environmental, health or safety risks.

As these regulations and their restrictions vary across regions, the process of accessing the global marketplace can be complicated. With first-hand knowledge of chemical safety and international  standards, UL’s quality assurance and chemical management services teams can help ensure regulatory compliance for every country in which you source or sell.

Comprehensive chemical management services for global market access.

A lab technician test chemicals in test tubes to ensure they are safe.

Minimizing possible damage to ecosystems and communities is a growing concern for businesses, particularly those in the textile and footwear industries. To support this drive towards environmental responsibility, UL offers wastewater onsite assessments and testing solutions based on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) principles.

UL’s onsite wastewater assessments examine water use, wastewater management systems, and chemical management systems to identify related risks. Wastewater testing, conducted at UL labs in Europe and Asia Pacific, establishes safeguards against the use of banned and high risk chemicals. UL is an official Contributor of the ZDHC program and supports the initiative’s vision of widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices to protect consumers, workers and the environment. UL partners with clients to help with every aspect of sustainability and supply chain management. We specialize in testing for the 11 priority chemicals of concern identified by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program. UL also offers training and advisory services to further support companies’ efforts to comply with the ZDHC initiative.

UL’s chemical experts can help you with every aspect of chemical management, from developing a restricted substance list (RSL) to implementing a reasonable testing program that encompasses the entire supply chain.

UL’s Chemical Services include:

  • Chemical inventory and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) review
  • High-risk materials identification
  • Product testing needs assessment to most restrictive regulation
  • Test program development for raw materials and finished products
  • Raw material and chemical approval process standardization
  • Supplier selection criteria formation
  • RSL implementation planning for entire supply chain
  • Staff and supplier training
  • Sustainability services