The objective with REACH is to provide better protection for both health and the environment. This should be done through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemicals. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually as more and more chemical substances are included in REACH.
REACH was established in 2007 and includes the registration and inspection of a number of substances that are considered to be harmful.
As part of the REACH system, companies have an obligation to inform customers and consumers on whether their products contain substances of very high concern, i.e. substances on the so-called candidate list. When a substance on the candidate list is recorded on the approval scheme, the companies that still wish to produce or use the substance must seek approval. And subsequently, those who bring the product on the market must ensure that at the down stream level, relevant entities are informed.
The candidate list is also called the SVHC list (SVHC=substances of very high concern). The list includes phthalates (PVC plasticisers) which in the field of personal protective equipment can be a particular challenge in terms of low-cost goods such as PVC gloves, PVC dots on gloves and footwear made of PVC.
Under the disclosure requirement, the entire supply chain must be informed if a product contains chemicals on the REACH list.
This means that if such a product is used in a company, management must ensure that employees are informed, as a seller in a business must always inform the customer that buys the product.
Recognising that it is difficult to ensure that the information reaches the final and most important part of the chain the user, OX-ON has the goal of not supplying products that contain chemicals from the REACH list.
This has had a number of consequences, not least because there is a correlation between price and product safety.
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:
It is impossible to see or mark which type of phthalate is used in a product, and durability is not improved through the use of approved phthalates. The derived price increases should therefore only be assessed in relation to the fact that all experts agree that phthalates on the REACH list are extremely harmful.
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