The challenges of legislation
There have been many regulatory updates over the last few years, requiring changes in practice as well as enforcing a complete ban on certain chemicals used throughout the industry. Keeping abreast of all these changes can be challenging, and extremely time consuming.
Many companies are unaware that they could inadvertently be are breaking the law as they deal with the impact of the changes being made. Replacing one chemistry with another may solve an immediate problem, but buyers also need to be aware of impending regulations on a range of chemicals that could put them in the same situation all over again!
Fortunately Fraser Technologies is an industry expert, and with over 50 years experience in the component cleaning industry, is able to guide clients through the regulatory maze.
Under REACH regulations, users of enclosed cleaning systems had to cease use of Trike as a cleaning solvent by the sunset date of 21 April 2016. Many competitor solvents were sold as simple replacement chemistries as the deadline loomed – but now it’s time to reconsider given the advance of safe, powerful and eco-friendly new generation solvents now available.
F-gas restrictions & new regulations
F-gases are much more prevalent in the cleaning industry than buyers are aware, often present in old generation solvents used across a wide range of industry sectors. The high Global Warming Potential of these gases means their use is severely restricted throughout Europe, with usage in certain applications a criminal offence.
Countdown to nPB ban
The sunset date for the use of nPB is fast approaching – 4 July 2020! There will be no exceptions under this legislation, and the date for requesting special authorisation to continue using nPB has gone. Time is of the essence here, as the process of switching chemistries and/or cleaning equipment can take months – so get ahead of the legislation.