European Union REACH Regulation:
REACH is the European community regulation on chemicals and their safe use
It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The law entered into force on 1 June 2007. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, REACH aims to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.
The REACH Regulation places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers are required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. The Agency acts as the central point in the REACH system: it manages the databases necessary to operate the system, co-ordinates the in-depth evaluation of suspicious chemicals and is building up a public database in which consumers and professionals can find hazard information.
SC-1000 Aqueous Cleaner
SC-Aircraft & Metal Cleaner
SC-SuperSolv Safety Solvent
SC-OmniBrite Acid Cleaner
USDA BioPreferred Program:
- a preferred procurement program for Federal agencies and their contractors,
- and a voluntary labeling program for the broad scale consumer marketing of biobased products.
Under the procurement program, BioPreferred designates categories of biobased products that are required for purchase by Federal agencies and their contractors. While several SAFE CARE products are listed with the BioPreferred Program, you will need to search under a specific category, such as Operations & Maintenance:
USEPA Design for the Environment Program:
When you see the Design for the Environment (DfE) logo, it means that the USEPA’s DfE review team has screened each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects and that–based on currently available information, predictive models, and expert judgment–the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. For example, if a DfE-recognized product contains a surfactant, then that surfactant will biodegrade readily to non-polluting byproducts; many surfactants in conventional products biodegrade slowly or biodegrade to more toxic and persistent byproducts, which threaten aquatic life.
California South Coast Air Quality Management District:
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted in 1970 to inform government decision-makers and the public about potential environmental problems and to offer alternatives. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is responsible for preparing and administering Environmental Impact Reports as it relates to air quality. One of these programs includes qualifying chemical products. GEMTEK® is pleased to have two of its core SAFE CARE® formulations approved as a Clean Air Solvent including:
- SC-1000 Aqueous Cleaner Concentrate
- SC-Aircraft & Metal Cleaner