Consumer health and safety
Many of the products that TOTAL markets pose potential risks, for example if they are used incorrectly. The Group therefore meets its current and future obligations with regard to information and prevention in order to minimize the risks throughout its product’s life cycle.
TOTAL uses various guidelines to ensure compliance with the necessary measures to be implemented to promote consumer health and safety:
- the Safety Health Environment and Quality Charter (articles 1 and 6; refer to point 2. of this chapter);
- a health policy that sets out the Group’s principles for action in relation to incident prevention and protecting the health of people in direct or indirect contact with its products throughout the entire product life cycle, including customers, users and anyone else involved; and
- a directive stating the minimum requirements for marketing products worldwide in order to avoid or reduce potential risks to consumer health and the environment.
TOTAL identifies and assesses the risks inherent to its products and their use, and then informs customers and users of these risks and the applicable prevention and protection measures. The material safety data sheets (MSDS) that accompany all products marketed by the Group (in at least one of the languages used in the country) and product labels are two key sources of information in this regard. All new products comply fully with the regulatory requirements in the countries and markets for which they are intended.
As part of the first phase of the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), the Group has registered a total of 214 chemical substances. This regulation aims to protect the health of consumers and professionals by means of a stringent assessment of the toxicological effects for each substance use scenario and the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.