At our last meeting of the HSE group in Milan (upon invitation from Federchimica), the focus was again on European legislation concerning lubricants.
First of all, Annex VIII of the CLP is a cause of much concern. Each manufacturer supplying lubricants labeled as “dangerous” has to submit the formulation (with quite narrow concentration limits) to the ECHA by January 2020 (for mixtures for consumer use) and until 2024 (for industrial use). All member companies are encouraged to prepare themselves for the upcoming piece of legislation. The Ecolabel will be revised by summer 2018. Again, the HSE group provided some input to the new criteria in order to keep the ecolabel workable. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 10.00 – 17.00 at the UEIL Offices in Brussels. UEIL members interested in the HSE discussion and industrial lubricants are very welcome!