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Deciphering Reach and RoHS…The Alphabet Soup of Safety Standards

There are many safety standards that apply to chemical products. As new standards and regulations emerge it can be difficult for those who buy and use chemical products to keep up-to-date with proper safety requirements. Many businesses use chemicals in their day to day operations for manufacturing and maintenance. Sometimes it may seem as though the regulations are an alphabet soup of acronyms designed to overwhelm and confuse the average person. Consumers of chemical products rely on manufacturers to comply with all regulations and standards.

RoHS

What is RoHS?
RoHS is an abbreviation for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Specifically, it restricts the use of certain hazardous materials in electronic products. It is a list of substances that are not permitted in electronics or electrical devices sold in the EU. The RoHS directive applies to all components that are involved in the assembly of electrical products, not solely the finished goods.
What substances are restricted under RoHS?
The following materials are banned under the RoHS directive: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP).

Why is RoHS important?
RoHS compliance is mandatory. The substances banned under RoHS are hazardous to the environment. These substances are also harmful to workers using them during the manufacturing process and consumers that use the finished products.

REACH

What is REACH?
REACH is an abbreviation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH is an EU regulation designed to protect human health and the environment from chemical harm. REACH is monitored by ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency.

What substances are restricted under REACH?
REACH applies to all chemical substances, not solely those used in manufacturing or industrial processes. So chemical products used in everyday life, like household cleaning products and paints, home appliances and clothing are also affected. Currently, REACH restricts the use of 38 chemicals, the full list can be found on the ECHA website.

What about SVHC?
SVHC is an abbreviation for Substances of Very High Concern. These substances are put on a candidate list for REACH authorization and are called the REACH SVHC List. This list of substances is updated frequently. The full list of REACH SVHC substances can be found on the ECHA website.
Substances on the REACH SVHC list are:

  • CMR: classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (category 1 or 2)
  • PBT: persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic
  • vPvB: Very Persistent and very bio-accumulative
  • substances for which there is evidence for similar concern such as endocrine disruptors

Why is REACH important?
Like RoHS, REACH was enacted to ensure environmental and personal safety when using chemicals.

REACH AND RoHS: How they differ

Both REACH and RoHS are safety regulations designed to protect workers, consumers and the environment. REACH is monitored and implemented by ECHA, while RoHS is an EU directive that is monitored by the individual states. The substances banned by RoHS include a list of 10 specific substances (as of the writing of this post), while those prohibited by REACH keep growing as new hazards are discovered. In general, REACH is much broader in scope than RoHS. In both cases, it is the responsibility of the manufacture to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Manufacturers must continually monitor not only the substances that are restricted by these regulations, but also those under consideration. In some cases, finding a suitable substitute for a banned substance can be very difficult. Compliance for manufacturers is time consuming and expensive, but safety has to be their number one concern.

Safety concerns? IPC has you covered!

As a chemical manufacturer, International Products Corporation (IPC) takes its responsibility to the environment and its customers very seriously. All of IPC’s water-based lubricants and cleaners comply with RoHS and REACH directives, and can replace traditionally used corrosives, phosphates, solvents, petroleum distillates, and other hazardous chemicals. IPC maintains a zero discharge policy and all of its products are developed and manufactured in its Burlington, New Jersey, ISO 9001 certified plant.

IPC is committed to keeping abreast of environmental and regulatory trends and best practices to continually improve the quality and safety of its products and facilities. For more information contact one of IPC’s product specialists.

A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants

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International Products Corporation (IPC) is giving a presentation at the SAE World Congress Experience at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, April 11th at 2:30 PM (EST). Thomas McGuckin, IPC’s VP of Research, Quality and Safety, will discuss “A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants”. The presentation will focus on the benefits of using assembly lubricants in manufacturing, and will discuss how Design Engineers, Lubricant Engineers and Ergonomic Engineers all work together to select assembly lubricants. Show attendees are encouraged to attend the presentation. Visit IPC at booth #6019 for expert technical support and advice on ways to ease rubber assembly operations.

 P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants significantly reduce the force required to assemble rubber and plastic parts.  Six unique water-based formulas are truly temporary – once dry the lubrication is gone.  IPC’s on-site laboratory offers FREE technical assistance and compatibility testing.

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  • Significantly reduce the force required for assembly
  • Reduce part damage
  • Reduce worker slippage and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Temporary – once dry, the lubrication is gone
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable
  • Ready-to-use

FREE SAMPLES are available for testing.

The slip resistant nature of rubber or soft plastic components makes assembly difficult. P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants significantly reduce friction, helping parts slide easily into place. P-80® lubricants are water-based and do not contain solvents, silicon or petroleum distillates, so they are temporary and compatible with many materials.

IPC manufactures specialty chemical products, including cleaners and assembly lubricants.  Their P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants are uniquely formulated for the installation of belts, bushings, grips, grommets, hoses, O-rings, seals, and other parts. All of IPC’s products are made in the USA, and are sold worldwide.

Read more about temporary rubber assembly lubricants including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant. Or, contact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Go Easy with P-80 for Appliance Assembly

Dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, and many other appliances are composed of numerous rubber and soft plastic parts. Hoses, O-rings, seals, grommets, plugs, belts and valves are just some of the many parts that can be found in common household appliances. CommonApplianceAssmbly

Rubber’s slip resistant nature can make appliance assembly difficult. Using a temporary rubber lubricant during assembly can make appliance manufacturing much easier. Maintenance and repair of common appliances is also less difficult when temporary assembly lubricants are used to replace belts, O-rings, hoses and seals.

P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction helping rubber parts slide easily into place.DISHWASHER-DIAGRAM-WITH CAPTION

P-80® lubricants are water-based, and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so they will not cause rubber to dry out or harden. P-80® does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

Advantages of using P-80® lubricants:

  • Reduce the force required for installation
  • Increase production rates
  • Reduce part breakage and rejects
  • Allow for closer fitting part design
  • Reduce risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries

Interested in learning more?  Download a case study detailing how one major appliance manufacturer benefited from using P-80® to reduce drop test failures.

Stop struggling with rubber parts during appliance repair and assembly. Contact IPC to discover how you can benefit from using P-80 temporary lubricants for appliance assembly and repair.

International Products Corporation appoints new CFO, William F. Herbert

International Products Corporation (IPC), a chemical manufacturer of specialty cleaners and temporary rubber assembly lubricants, is proud to announce and welcome William (Bill) F. Herbert as their new Chief Financial Officer, effective October 20, 2016.  bill-herbert-head-shot-hi-res

Bill brings over twenty years of work in Finance and Planning, most recently as CFO – Corporate Stores for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Jersey City, New Jersey where he was responsible for the financial performance of over 1,700 stores that generated over $95 million in revenue.  Prior to his tenure at Jackson Hewitt, Bill spent twelve years at Hess Corporation, Woodbridge, New Jersey, in the areas of Finance, Management and Planning.

Bill received an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Bill has also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

Bill is “excited and honored to join the IPC team. I look forward to helping accelerate the company’s growth by building on IPC’s award-winning products and processes.” IPC President, Kathy Wyrofsky, believes “Bill’s experience brings to IPC the financial and operational skills necessary to assist in leading the company to substantial growth and success.”   

About International Products Corporation: International Products Corporation (IPC), founded in 1923, manufactures specialty cleaners and temporary assembly lubricants in Burlington, NJ. All of IPC’s products are free of hazardous chemicals and many of their products are biodegradable. They are equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing equipment, and an on-site laboratory for quality, analytical work, and research and development. IPC is ISO:9001 certified and is dedicated to providing safe, high-quality cleaners and lubricants. All of IPC’s products are made in the USA and are readily available worldwide.