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Hazardous Substance Control 

In order to minimize the usage of hazardous chemicals that may cause harm to humans and the natural environment, Hyundai Motor Company applies a strict and thoroughgoing system of management to the control of such substances throughout their entire lifecycle, i.e., from their extraction to their scrapping. The company has also extended this hazardous substance control system to its partner businesses, urging them to participate in less hazardous, more eco-friendly practices.

1. Management of hazardous chemical materials

We joined the International Material Data System(IMDS) in 2004 to ensure that our vehicles comply with chemical regulations at home and abroad, especially regulations on the four restricted heavy metals and EU REACH, and to prevent the use of regulated materials in any part of our vehicle process. In 2007, we developed an independent e-Chemical Management System(e-CMS) to use the data collected from the IMDS to systematically manage information about the chemicals in our components, and to undertake preliminary reviews into the replacement of any chemicals that become subject to regulations. At the end of 2016, we created a dedicated team responsible for responding promptly to hazardous substance regulations at the company level, which will help us to ensure the safety of our customers.

Management of hazardous chemical materials

2. Policy to stop use of four major heavy metals

In 2006, Hyundai created its ‘global standard for four major heavy metals’, to prohibit the use of four major heavy metals in parts and materials in all vehicles. The company prohibited the use of four major heavy metals in parts and materials in new vehicles sold in the EU after July 1, 2003, and the prohibition was applied in Korea for new cars sold after 2008. In 2009, the policy was expanded to all overseas markets, and the company remains entirely compliant with this rule. Hyundai continues to develop alternate and safer materials for its vehicles where necessary.

3. Response process to REACH

Since 2007, the EU has had in place a new chemicals law called REACH ― the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. Hyundai must also comply with obligations related to the registration, reporting, permissions and restrictions on chemical materials designated by the Europe Chemical Materials Office ― a violation could result in the company being prohibited from selling cars in the EU. Hyundai has therefore created a database of information on all chemical materials used in the manufacturing of its vehicles and parts inside and outside Korea, in order to minimize regulatory risks.