In 2007, the new chemicals legislation, or ECHA - Legislation, came into force. It concerns the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (REACH).

According to Article 5 of the REACH Regulation (“No Data, No Market”), no substances will in future be permitted to be manufactured within the European Community or imported from non-member countries into the EU if they have not first been registered with the European Chemical Agency, ECHA, in Helsinki. This regulation applies to the substance itself and its use as a component in a preparation or a product.

The key point is that according to REACH, traditional abrasives are classed as products. However, a substance used in a product only needs to be registered if the substance is intended to be released when the product is used.

No intentional release of substances takes place when abrasive products are used. This position is also supported by the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA).

TYROLIT products – in particular bonded conventional abrasives – are not considered to be substances or preparations, but products with unintentional release. Safety datasheets do not need to be provided for these products. To ensure the best customer support is provided and the highest possible level of transparency is achieved, TYROLIT has decided to produce voluntary product information based on the REACH safety datasheets. These datasheets are available on request.

Information obligations

As a producer and supplier of products, TYROLIT is obliged to provide information both to its raw material suppliers and customers.

As a supplier of products, TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG is obliged to inform its customers about substances that may cause very high concern (SVHC = substances of very high concern) if such substances are present in items in a concentration of more than 0.1%.

We hereby confirm that the products produced by TYROLIT do not contain any of the substances included in the Candidate List (in its latest version) according to Article 59(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) in concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight.

The current SVHC Candidate List can be viewed at: ECHA - candidate list

In accordance with Articles 34 and 37, Tyrolit will proactively inform its suppliers of the intended use of the substance. TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG will also provide information that will enable the manufacturer or supplier to draw up an appropriate exposure scenario for the use of the substance for the Chemical Safety Report.

According to Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH), the manufacturer of a product must provide information as to whether substances shown in the Candidate List (in its latest version ECHA - candidate list) according to Article 59 (1) are present in the supplied products in concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight.

If this is the case, the supplier must provide as a minimum the name of the substance in question and optionally information that will enable the product to be used safely.

This information must be supplied with the first delivery to Tyrolit Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG.

To satisfy the requirements and provisions of the REACH Regulation, the TYROLIT Group has established a central department that will ensure the implementation of REACH always complies with EU law.

 

Birgit Lung
Officer responsible for chemicals / REACH
Tyrolit - Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski K.G.
Swarovskistrasse 33
6130 Schwaz / Austria
Tel.: +43 5242 606 2735
Mobil: +43 664 8220 074
Fax: +?43 5242 606 12735
E-mail: birgit.lung(at)Tyrolit.com