Hazardous Substances

Based on its environmental policy, objectives, and international regulations, Saab works continuously to minimise risks and its impact on the environment. An important part of the work is to identify and phase out hazardous chemical substances with unacceptable risks and such that could be subject to regulations by authorities and customers.

PHASE OUT HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES
We have extensive experience in phasing out hazardous substances in complex products, where security and product quality requirements are extremely high. Our expertise in these issues is of great strategic value to fulfil our business commitments. We are very active in international organisations that, among other things, are devising industry-wide alternatives to hazardous chemical substances and developing standardised processes for handling chemicals.

Saab’s business areas submit annual strategic plans for phasing out hazardous substances. Several positive steps were taken during the year to replace paints and surface treatment processes that contain hexavalent chromium. We also ramped up a new cleaning facility and phased out all use of trichloroethylene. A project to phase-in lead-free soldering
while maintaining quality throughout the product’s useful life was completed and a final report was 
submitted. The results are now being implemented to facilitate production with lead-free soldering as far as possible.

Certain hazardous chemicals are still needed at times to meet security and technical performance
requirements in the aviation and defence fields.

 

SOIL CONTAMINANTS
Saab works actively to identify and track contaminated soil and waterways. Several extensive investigations were conducted in 2016, and remediation measures were taken
in Linköping and Karlskrona.