complete regulatory compliance & support
safety data sheets (sds)
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) have been made an integral part of REACH, and the Global Harmonised System along with the CLP Regulation has adapted the initial requirements further
A-Chem ensures that all products manufactured are supplied with a fully compliant product SDS (16 section format).
All SDS’s can be provided in the customers own name on request.
As a chemical importer, formulator, blender and seller, we have a responsibility to comply with all regulations and legislation relevant to our industry
At A-Chem we pride ourselves on a high level of regulatory compliance, but also offer this support to our customers.
We ensure that we are constantly updating our records and systems, to ensure that we keep up to date with the latest legislation in the ever changing chemical industry.
With A-Chem, you can be assured that you are in competent and responsible hands.
Transportation - ADR, DGN & DGSA
ADR is a United Nations treaty that governs the transnational transport of hazardous materials.
The agreement states that with the exception of certain exceptionally dangerous materials, hazardous materials may be transported internationally in wheeled vehicles provided certain conditions are complied with.
A-Chem understands the requirements for ADR, and therefore appoints a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). A-Chem uses appropriate Dangerous Goods Note’s (DGN) and follows the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) where required.
REACH is a European Union regulation: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
It entered into force on 1st June 2007 as a single system to replace numerous directives and regulations.
REACH was implemented to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemicals, to ensure that the companies that place them on the market to be more responsible for the management and understanding of the risks associated with them.
All materials that are imported or manufactured should be REACH registered (if not exempt and regulated by other legislation).
A-Chem ensures that any raw material that is purchased and used in a blend manufactured by us, is REACH registered as required.
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR)
DSEAR stands for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Dangerous substances can put peoples’ safety at risk from fire, explosion and corrosion of metal. DSEAR requires employers to evaluate and act on the risks that may be present in the workplace – further details can be found on the HSE website.
A-Chem blend, fill and store flammable liquids and for this reason ensure that all appropriate areas have been identified (zones) and risk assessed as required.
We ensure that Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is used to protect our employees’ health. All electrical equipment used is compliant with ATEX directives and is regularly inspected by external DSEAR experts.
The CLP Regulation (for Classification, Labelling and Packaging) is a European Union regulation, which aligns the European Union system to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS)
The aim of the CLP regulation is to standardise the various classifications and labelling standards used across the world. This makes it safer to trade and use chemicals globally through the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System. All product labels printed by A-Chem are using labels and printers compliant with IMDG regulations to the British Standard, BS5609.
This standard is also known as the Marine Immersion Labels Testing Standard, and ensures that labels must withstand 3 months immersion in sea water and that in both supply and conveyance the label must be permanently adhered to the container and the text must remain legible.
A-Chem also ensures, in line with the CLP Regulation, that the packaging used for a chemical mixture;
- Prevents the chemical from escaping
- Is not adversely affected by the chemical
- Is strong enough to withstand normal handling
- Has a replaceable closure which continues to prevent chemical from escaping after repeated use
- Has a child-resistant fastening and tactile danger warning as required
At A-Chem we use large volumes of detergents in our mixtures, whether it is through the use of surfactants or soaps, in our cleaning products. Therefore, we take our responsibility of this regulation very seriously.
Under regulation 648/2004, detergent is defined as “any substance or preparation containing and/or other surfactants intended for washing and cleaning processes”.
We ensure that we comply with all the labelling and other data provision requirements of Regulation 648/2004, and that all surfactants used in our products are biodegradable as required.
Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR)
The Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012), aims to improve the use of biocidal products market in the EU, while ensuring protection for humans and the environment
It concerns placing on the market and use of biocidal products which are used to protect humans, animals, materials or articles against harmful organisms like pests or bacteria, by the action of the active substances contained in the biocidal product.
All biocidal products require an authorisation before they can be placed on the market, and the active substances contained in that biocidal product must be previously approved.
Any product manufactured and supplied by A-Chem that falls under the BPR is registered as required. For example, our Timbashield Preservative carries the HSE Approval Number: 10042.
external laboratory testing
At A-Chem we have extensive laboratory equipment, from Xenon Test Chambers for advanced weathering testing, to Spectrophotometers for consistent and accurate colour matching. We have all required analytical equipment to ensure high quality finished products.
Where further testing is required, we partner with DEKRA Insight and utilise their fully GLP and ISO 9001 compliant laboratories. Testing is conducted in accordance UKAS and/or national standards where appropriate.