Product stewardship is a holistic approach to product responsibility.
It involves identifying and evaluating the possible hazards and risks that may stem from a product throughout all stages of its lifecycle, from research and development through manufacturing, storage, transport, retail and usage to recycling or disposal.
The risk potential is assessed in relation to employees, neighbours, customers and the environment. The aim is then to avoid or reduce these risks as far as possible.
The Linde Product Stewardship programme includes as main processes:
- New product introduction: Ensures that before new products with a predefined risk level go to market, all applicable safety, health, environment and quality legislation and Linde standards are met, as well as safety, health, environment and quality product lifecycle risks are minimised as far as possible.
- Sensitive chemicals management: Ensures prevention of illegal or illicit use of sensitive chemicals (manufacturing of narcotic drugs, chemical and nuclear weapons).
- Customer screening: Helps to establish a partnership with the customer in order to ensure that the customer has sufficient safety and security procedures in place with regard to the product and makes sure that all risks are minimised as far as possible with regard to the customer’s process.