At ExtrudaSeal we are always thinking long-term, aiming to anticipate market trends, stay ahead of our competitors and take steps to avoid the use of materials that could potentially have negative effects on human health and the environment.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. The aim of this regulation is to place more responsibility on industries to manage the risks associated with using certain chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances.
Under REACH, substances of very high concern (SVHC) for use within the European Union are to be subject to authorisation for use. In fact, the listing of a substance as an SVHC by the European Chemicals Agency is the first step in the procedures for the restricted use of this chemical.
The criteria given for SVHCs is as follows:
- Toxic for reproduction
- Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
- Scientific evidence of probably serious effects to human health or the environment which give rise to an equivalent level of concern
REACH compliant materials are tested and confirmed not to contain any SVHCs in their formulation.
How we are ensuring that our materials are REACH compliant
Whilst REACH entered into force on the 1st June 2007, REACH provisions are slowly being phased in over a period of 11 years in total. At ExtrudaSeal, we have taken steps to change our manufacturing processes and work with our suppliers to ensure that we use REACH compliant materials. Our manufacturing and extrusion processes are now much more tightly controlled in order to prevent the use of substances of very high concern (SVHC). We can therefore provide complete peace of mind for our customers that there are no health risks associated with our products.
Our range of REACH compliant products include glazing seals and gaskets for aluminium, timber and uPVC fabrications, PVC pelmets and buffers for the automotive industry and bespoke, specialist seals for an array of industrial applications.
If you have further questions about REACH compliant materials, you can contact us by calling +44 (0)121 356 8733.