Chemical Use in Products
Xerox has long worked toward minimizing the use of hazardous substances in our products. In support of this objective, we apply strict internal standards and have deployed requirements to our suppliers governing the use of chemicals in Xerox products, parts and supplies.
The standard, EHS&S 1001: Xerox Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Supplier Requirements: Chemical Bans/Restrictions and Part Marking, establishes requirements for regulatory compliance, chemical bans and restrictions and parts marking for parts and materials intended for use in electronic products and packaging. The standard, EHS&S 710: Packaging, specifies the minimum environment, health, and safety requirements for packaging of products, parts, or materials shipped to any manufacturing site, distribution center or customer from suppliers or other Xerox locations. All suppliers must meet these requirements as a condition of doing business with Xerox.
Xerox also strictly controls the chemical content of our consumable items (toner and paper), which further restricts the use of substances.
European Union's Restrictions on the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive
All new Xerox products meet the requirements of the EU's Directive 2002/95/EC, as revised by 2011/65/EU, on restrictions of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).
European Union's REACH Regulation
Regulation 1907/2006/EU on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) aims to establish a framework for evaluating the impact chemicals have on the environment and human health, and for assessing whether the most potentially hazardous of those chemicals should be subject to an authorization or ban. Xerox expects to be fully compliant with all aspects of the REACH regulation as its provisions become effective and applicable.
Reducing Toxic Substances in Ontario, Canada
In 2009 the Ontario government passed the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) with the goal of reducing the use and emissions of toxic substances. Rather than take an, "end of pipe" approach to pollution control, the TRA aims to enable innovative approaches using green chemistry and green engineering to develop ways of minimizing the creation and use of toxic substances at their source of the manufacturing process. The Xerox Supplies Development Centre in Ontario has complied with the TRA by quantifying the use of applicable toxic substances, developing plans to reduce this usage, where possible, and made summaries of these plans publicly available.
See Toxic Substance Reduction Plans:
Attestation to Accuracy (PDF, 350 KB)
Certification (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Toxic Substances Reduction Plan – Acetone (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Toxic Substances Reduction Plan – Dimethyl Formamide (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Toxic Substances Reduction Plan – n-Butyl Acrylate (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Toxic Substances Reduction Plan – Styrene (PDF, 1.3 MB)