NO NEED TO BE SCARED OF REACH,
ESK IS FIT FOR THE FUTURE
ESK IS FIT FOR THE FUTURE
After many years of debate, the REACH regulation was passed to centralize and simplify European chemical legislation. The regulation came into force on June 1, 2007. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals. The new regulation is intended to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. The precautionary principle plays a key role in the implementation of the REACH provisions.
It affects manufacturers and importers as well as professional and industrial users. The new regulation means that all substances manufactured in the EU or imported into the EU in annual quantities of more than one metric ton must be registered. The REACH regulation allows extended timelines of between 3.5 and 11 years for the complex registration procedures – depending on the quantities and hazard classes involved. These terms only apply if the substance has been pre-registered.
ESK is well prepared for REACH: as a manufacturer of advanced technical ceramics and a production company, we have pre-registered all our substances. You can download the relevant preregistration report using the link at the right-hand side. The substance boron carbide (TETRABORŪ) has been registered in 2010. Our safety data sheets have been adapted to conform to REACH and CLP. As a downstream user of substances and preparations, we contact our suppliers to ensure that the raw materials we need to manufacture our products conform to REACH. This will ensure uninterrupted supply and sales of substances and products.
Currently our products do not contain substances subject to authorization (REACH-directive annex XIV) or substances of the SVHC candidate list. ESK will immediately notify itīs customers and jointly elaborate risk management measures for the safe use of the product concerning our customers applications, should any of our products contain any of these substances.
As boric acid has been added to the SVHC candidate list in 2010, we are in very close contact with our boric acid supplier, thus being able to guarantee the safe use of this substance being a crucial raw material in the production of our boron containing substances. Therewith ESK ensures the supply availability of our boron containing products.
So that we can report all customer-specific applications of our products as “identified use” when registering our substances, according to Article 37, para. 2 of REACH, we require specific details, which you, as customer, can voluntarily supply by filling out the form. You can download the questionnaire as an Excel document via the link at the right-hand side. This ensures that your application is covered by an exposure scenario if applicable (annexed to the extended safety data sheet).
In our extensive project “Implementing REACH at ESK Ceramics GmbH & Co. KG,” we are identifying and assessing how REACH will affect our products. Our aim is to continue to cover all the applications we support into the future. Top priority is to ensure our customers receive reliable supplies of our products.
The project headed by the Safety & Environmental Services involve close cooperation with our customers and suppliers, purchasing experts, sales units and production. The project manager and REACH Compliance Manager at ESK coordinates all internal activities necessary for full and efficient conformity with the new regulations, and all the external communications involved with REACH.
You can ask our REACH Compliance Manager any questions you may have regarding the implementation of this regulation in our company or specific questions on REACH by using the contact form at the side. For further information on regulation (EC) No. 1970/2006 and the guidelines of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), see: