13 Substances That Your Company Should Be Aware Of

The ECA has submitted a list of 13 SVHC to its governing body the European Commission with a recommendation that they not be used without Authorization in the future.

REACH was implemented to protect society, the environment and most importantly human health. With these goals in mind it is easy to understand why they continually add items to the various lists of banned or controlled chemicals for inclusion under the REACH umbrella.

However, they do realize that occasionally chemicals are required, but must be strictly regulated. This is what the ECA is doing in this circumstance, adding 13 SVHC to be usable only under authorization.

The thirteen substances and their main uses within the scope of authorisation are:

  • Trichloroethylene (carcinogen). A substance mainly used in surface cleaning, in textile scouring, in adhesives and as a heat transfer fluid.
  • Chromium trioxide (carcinogen, mutagen). A substance mainly used for metal finishing and as a catalyst.
  • Acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers (group containing: chromic acid, dichromic acid, oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid) (carcinogen). A substance that could be used to replace chromium trioxide in many of its uses.
  • Sodium dichromate (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in metal surface treatment.
  • Potassium dichromate (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in metal surface treatment and as a processing aid.
  • Ammonium dichromate (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction). A substance with currently no uses in the scope of authorisation. It could however be used to replace other chromium(VI) substances.
  • Potassium chromate (carcinogen, mutagen). A substance mainly used in metal surface treatment.
  • Sodium chromate (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in metal surface treatment.
  • Cobalt(II) sulphate (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in surface treatment processes and as a water treatment chemical, oxygen scavenger and corrosion inhibitor.
  • Cobalt dichloride (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in surface treatment processes and as a water treatment chemical, oxygen scavenger and corrosion inhibitor.
  • Cobalt(II) dinitrate (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in surface treatment processes and as a water treatment chemical, oxygen scavenger and corrosion inhibitor.
  • Cobalt(II) carbonate (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used in fertilisers and in surface treatment processes.
  • Cobalt(II) diacetate  (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction). A substance mainly used as a catalyst and in surface treatment processes.

This is the third time in the history of the REACH program that the ECA has recommended chemicals for use with authorization only, the first occurred in June 2009 the second in December 2010, seemingly an 18 month approximately release schedule.

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