Coway strengthens its capacity for managing hazardous substances through various means, such as strengthening standards and processes for managing the safety of chemical substances, clearly assigning the manager in charge, hiring experts, and receiving external consultations.
Having acquired the Hazardous Substances Processing Management (HSPM) certification, Coway strengthens chemical substance management following the cycle of planning, execution, review and continuous improvement of the HSPM system. Since 2010, Coway voluntarily applies the EU/K-RoHS standard to all parts used and has their conformity verified. In 2015, Coway expanded K-RoHS response by registering 100% of service part codes and having the conformity of all products verified.
In 2016, Coway built a database to examine and inspect the use of chemical substances at business sites. The company also expanded the existing database on domestic and international laws and regulations. In 2017, Coway will expand the subject of chemical substance management from business sites to products, and actively respond to demands regarding global environmental regulations and use of chemical substances by client companies.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will include five Nitrosamine compounds on its list of regulated contaminants. Coway has confirmed that the substances in question brought no harmful effects to its products.
Coway is currently conducting research on developing a technology that will not only detect but also remove certain substances in products. As a standard deliberation committee member of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), Coway has requested preliminary research and testing of the actual removal performance of carbon filters beyond EPA standards for index material Nitrosodimethylamin (NDMA), as well as discussion on adding a claim for removal performance within NSF standards.