Environmental pollution caused by exhaust gas, waste water, and waste materials containing toxic substances resulting from business operation adversely impacts human health and ecosystems. Pollution can also be caused by the use of products and discarded unneeded products. In Japan, waste materials and toxic substances resulting from the country’s industrialization and economic growth starting in the second half of the 1900s seriously polluted the air, aquatic areas, soil, and underground water, causing various serious cases of pollution harming human health. Today, pollution prevention continues to be an essential social challenge in protecting people’s health and the daily environment. Once a company allows environmental pollution to occur, it can only recover its original state by investing enormous time and cost, and its reputation will be severely compromised.
At Shionogi, we consider legal compliance as the very foundation of our corporate existence. Compliance with EHS-related laws and regulations is an integral part of our EHS policy. To prevent pollution, we strictly observe laws and regulations governing air, water and soil pollution and assess the status of compliance under our EHS management system. As concrete actions, Shionogi has always made the effort to reduce pollution risks by operating in-house waste water treatment facilities and managing pollutant factors through periodic monitoring.
Prevention of air, water and soil pollution
To prevent air pollution, Shionogi strictly observes the regulatory values for NOx, SOx, and particulate matter, while reducing SOx generation through boiler fuel conversion. To prevent contamination in sewers and rivers, we have adopted voluntary control values for pollutants that are far stricter than the legal and regulatory values, carrying out round-the-clock monitoring with the use of total organic carbon (TOC) analyzers and oil content monitoring devices. At the Aburahi Research Center and Shionogi Pharma Co., Ltd. Kanegasaki Plant and Tokushima Plant, waste water is treated and purified at the facilities on their premises before it is released into nearby rivers.
The Kanegasaki Plant, which handles large quantities of chemical substances, has voluntary control values for soil, taking measurements periodically. The measurements have thus far all fallen well below the applicable environmental criteria.
Compliance with Related Laws and Regulations
Environment-related laws and regulations vary, encompassing a wide spectrum from waste and energy management to the prevention of air and water pollution and the management of chemical substances. To ensure thorough compliance, we share information on legal and regulatory revisions at the respective operating sites, organize educational programs, and compile relevant information and knowledge in manuals and other forms. We also conduct a periodic assessment of the status of legal and regulatory compliance. As with environmental matters, we also promote legal and regulatory compliance and assessment with regard to health and safety affairs. To this date, we have never been subject to litigation or penalties for violations EHS-related violations.
In FY 2018, the Shionogi Pharmaceutical Research Center registered one case of leakage containing a radioisotope (RI) from a waste water pipe. The incident was due to partial corrosion in a section of the pipe inside the building. The amount of leakage was small, and the RI dose in the waste water was extremely small, posing no threat of radioactive damage. The incident was immediately reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, and necessary action was taken. There was no leakage outside the Center premises and no injuries.
The Shionogi CMC Research Innovation Center received one complaint about the noise generated during building demolition work and the dispersal of dust and sand. The Kuise Site immediately responded by operating heavy machinery with greater care, installing additional partitions, and sprinkling water without fail.
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