REACH Company Policy and Customer Information...
As formulators, it is our current policy to exclude SVHC from our products and our business as a whole. Hence we can state that none of our compounds contain what are being referred to as “restricted ingredients” under REACH. (SVHCs which have been authorised for use, but subject to particular conditions)
This enables customers to use our compounds with confidence, with no need to worry about this legislation, or to comply with the control and notification requirements it imposes.
Replacement of long established, but hazardous, substances with newer safer alternatives obviously requires careful testing to ensure that product performance will not be compromised. We have been working to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in rubber compounds since the introduction of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) legislation in 1989, and are well placed to give advice. We were members of the consortium working on the European Saferubber Project; www.saferubber.eu, which is has identified a non-hazardous alternative to ethylene thiourea (ETU) for use in chloroprenes.
However, more SVHC are being identified each year, as ECHA started working with those substances which are produced in bulk, and is gradually progressing to the substances which are less widely used. We cannot guarantee that none of the substances we use will be declared SVHC in future, but we are keeping the situation under review.
For further information see "Guidance on requirements for substances in articles", which can be downloaded free of charge from the European Chemicals Agency website; >> Click here to view