The EU REACH Regulation 1907/2006 creates a regime for the control of chemicals with a wide scope. We have described much on this subject in previous bulletins. There is a particular focus on hexavalent chromates for the aerospace industry in 2019. These substances are extremely effective corrosion inhibitors and have assured the structural integrity of generations of aircraft. However, exposure to them is harmful to health and they have been classified under REACH as SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern). Restricted SVHCs are listed in Annex 14 of REACH and can be viewed via the following link: https://echa.europa.eu/authorisation-list
Now that the first sunset date for many of these chromates contained in paints has passed (22/01/2019) Pexa is implementing concrete actions to ensure our compliance with REACH and to safeguard our customers, ensuring that we only supply REACH compliant products.