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Quality, Environment & Safety

QUALITY COMMITMENT

Total Quality Philosophy

Ferroglobe is guided by this Total Quality Philosophy, understanding quality not only as fulfilling specifications but also about understanding products and customers and carrying out all necessary procedures to guarantee the highest quality performance in every activity carried out.

As part of this Total Quality philosophy, Ferroglobe’s factories are all ISO 9001 and OHSAS certified, and most of them subscribe to EMAS (Environmental Management and Audit System).

Ferroglobe also encourages all its employees to be actively involved in the Total Quality programme

Along these lines, Ferroglobe activities aim to obtain a maximum return for maximum competitiveness by:

  • Efficient use of resources and energy
  • Risk prevention and protection of employees’ safety and health
  • The care and constant concern for protecting and improving the environment, taking into account the priorities and minimizing the damage or environmental impact of activities
  • The ability to produce competitive products tailored to the needs of customers

ENVIRONMENT COMMITMENT

Responsible environmental policy

At Ferroglobe we know how important the environment is, which is why we promote a responsible environmental policy. This commitment is evidenced by numerous investments in environmental measures which represent 10% of Ferroglobe’s total investment in recent years. Environmental audits are also performed regularly in all factories in order to maintain and improve the degree of compliance with our environmental commitments.

In order to achieve these objectives, Ferroglobe has the following policies in place:

  • Full commitment to strict compliance with all laws, legal requirements, regulations and standards applicable at any given time or any others stipulated in the future. This commitment extends to preventing any harm or negative effects on the health of its employees, and fulfilling clients’ specifications and expectations
  • Permanently ensuring that the Integrated Management System (IMS) for the Prevention of Risks, Quality and the Environment works correctly
  • Regularly checking the IMS to improve efficiency and establish specific improvement targets
  • Implementing safety, environmental and quality criteria with regard to contractors and suppliers, and ensuring that they likewise fulfil the principles of this policy and the IMS guidelines

REACh Regulation

REACh regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) aims to substitute nearly 40 European regulations in order to achieve a single management system for chemical products. Since REACh entered into force on June 1st 2007, EU Chemicals Policy has the target of guaranteeing a high level of health and environmental protection and emphasize innovation in ecological chemical products.

Also, for assuring REACh compliances, Ferroglobe has duly registered each and every product produced and sold by all Group entities.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY

Workplace Risk Prevention Policy

Ferroglobe’s Health and Safety policy applies to all employees in the workplace and is an essential factor in the production and sale of ferroalloys. Following this policy is a shared responsibility of all the existing employees as well as new hires and subcontractors' employees.

This policy seeks to ensure that all activities are carried out under adequate conditions in terms of environmental and workplace safety, safeguarding the health of employees, suppliers and the community. It also meets every legal requirement of the region in question.

The Group has implemented a Workplace Risk Prevention Management System based on reaching annual objectives. The key factors are:

  • the identification of dangers
  • the evaluation and control of risks and preventive actions

In order to guarantee the continuous improvement of the system, Ferroglobe will ensure that all employees participate and receive information on the subject, as well as sufficient and appropriate theoretical and practical training on the risks that specifically apply to their positions and the general factory risks to which they may be exposed.

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