REACH Registration statistics: the HSE committee is concerned about the relatively low numbers of registrations. Only 11,000 substances have been registered so far, but half of them only as intermediates. The estimated number of substances on the EU market is about 40,000. UEIL members should therefore contact their suppliers for more information on their registration intentions.
CoRAPand future availability of lube additives: a number of additives, including some biocides, are under review by the European Commission concerning their risks to health and the environment. Early information exchange within the HSE group helps us to find replacements or – even better- convince authorities that their use in lubricants is safe.
GLAPS: car manufacturers have set up a global list of declarable substances in their manufacturing sites. HSE members are deeply involved in creating the European part of this global list. Our goal is to find the right balance between protecting our knowhow and helping the industry to use safe substances.
Ecolabel: the update to the Ecolabel for lubricants has also been discussed in the HSE group. Some of our members are involved in the Commission’s work. So far, the changes to the Ecolabel have been rather limited, allowing UEIL members to keep the products which they have already successfully introduced.
There are ever-increasing concerns from the public about "Mosh/Moah” in food. Mosh/Moah are other terms for "saturated (MOSH) and aromatic (MOAH) hydrocarbons”.Risks to human health related to hydrocarbons are linked to so-called aromatic and polycyclic aromatics, whereas many other hydrocarbons (e.g. white oils used in cosmetics and H1 lubricants) are not dangerous. Together with the ELGI food grade working group and the German lubricant association VSI we have drafted papers and press releases to inform the public about these differences.