Kitchenmaster is committed to providing cleaning and hygiene products that meet the highest standards of performance yet do not have a high environmental impact. Over the past number of years some important legislation has been introduced, all of which Kitchenmaster has adhered to.
REACH is a new European Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals.
It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system. It will be implemented over the next 11 years.
• To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
• To make the people who place chemicals on the market responsible for understanding and managing risks associated with their use.
• To allow the free movement of chemicals on the EU market.
• To enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemical industry.
• To promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances.
A European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki, Finland deals with the day to day management of the REACH requirements:
• Registration – chemical producers / importers must submit a registration dossier containing safety data to the chemicals agency for all chemicals produced in quantities above 1 tonne per year.
• Evaluation – experts evaluate safety data for higher volume chemicals and other chemicals of concerns.
• Authorisation – chemicals of very high concern will be phased out and replaced by safer alternatives, where this is technically and economically viable.
This will happen in a staged process but will probably take about 10-15 years. The first stage; registering chemicals, is now underway. Now that this is under way then those manufacturers (or importers) of the chemicals will need to know how their customers are using them so they can calculate the exposure to those chemicals correctly. Companies such as Kitchenmaster, who mix the chemicals rather than manufacture them, need to ensure that their suppliers are going through the registration phase and we can confirm that this is taking place.
For more information please visit www.hse.gov.uk/reach/
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS):
If a business uses or supplies chemical products they should know about CHIP and the requirement for safety data sheets. CHIP (Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 required suppliers, such as Kitchenmaster, to identify the hazards (or dangers) of the chemicals they supply. However from 1st June 2015 CHIP has been replaced by the European CLP Regulation. All chemical products are labelled under the new Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) to standardise how the hazardous properties of chemicals are classified. It was implemented in the EU via the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), where previously chemical products were regulated in the UK under CHIP.
MSDS are important in helping make the workplace safe and to protect the environment. They help to make a risk assessment as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). The safety data sheet itself is not an assessment but it will describe the hazards, helping to assess the probability of the hazard/risk arising in the workplace. It is Kitchenmaster who is responsible for providing accurate safety data sheets. However it is important that our distributors pass them on to their users. All Kitchenmaster Material Safety Data Sheets are now in compliance with these new regulations and can be found on the downloads section on our website; http://kitchenmaster-ni.com/downloads/index/safety-data-sheets. In relation to labelling of the chemicals under new regulations; there is two-year grace period for mixtures already labelled, meaning they do not need to be re-labelled until 1st June 2017. Kitchenmaster are currently in the process of ammending all labels.
New red diamond shaped Hazard Pictograms will replace the orange square Hazard Symbols, though some of the internal images are similar. Please see image below;
The orange CHIP symbols were accompanied by ‘Indication of Danger’ words, such as Toxic, Corrosive, Irritant etc but CLP will replace these with two new ‘Signal Words’. The word which appears with the pictogram will depend on the hazard class and category - severe hazards will include the word ‘DANGER’, whilst all others will include the word ‘WARNING’.
Some of the threshold levels in CLP are lower than under CHIP. For example under the CHIP system a product would need to contain more than 20% of an ingredient classified as R36 (Irritating to eyes) to trigger an ‘Irritant’ hazard symbol but under CLP this is reduced to 10% to trigger a hazard pictogram. This will result in many products being classified where previously they were not. The product formulation has not changed, only the system used to classify it has. This is resulting in as many as 80% of previously non-classified products will now include a Hazard Pictogram on the label.
The image we currently recognise as “corrosive” is and still will be used on Caustic Soda based products such as DISHWASH and OVEN CLEANER. However in the future it will ALSO be used on products which may contain only 3% of certain types of ingredients. It is now very important that users read the Hazard Statements on CLP labels rather than just relying on a glance at the image. We would also like to point out that the hazard classification on the label applies to the undiluted product only.
It is important to remember that to minimise the risks associated with a product, it should be used as recommended, which is stated on the label, Safety Data Sheets which are now fully compliant and available and also through training. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kitchenmaster adhere to best practice quality procedures and processes with respect to all activities within the company. This applies as much to the commercial/administration side of our business as it does to the operational end of the company.
With regard the administration activities within the business, these are audited regularly by a firm of Chartered accountants and annual statements of compliance are produced along with our statutory accounts for each financial year. Furthermore the Company is intermittently audited by our Bank for compliance with best practice accounting and book-keeping procedures. These have all been passed with flying colours.
The quality procedures with respect to our production activities have been audited against the ISO9002 standard and are fully complaint with the key elements of that standard. Several of our customers, themselves major national and international corporations, have assessed our production facilities and procedures against their requirements and have found our policies and procedures to be among the best in the industry. A brief summary of our quality procedure for our production activities follows:
All Kitchenmaster products are exposed to a highly complex and invasive quality system which is predominately made up from 3 sets of tests. Firstly, each batch of product made within the factory is given a unique batch number. This will act as a point of trace in case we need to track the product to help with a customer enquiry. The batch is then tested in three areas i.e. PH, Specific Gravity (which tests the viscosity of the product) and Solids (which enables us to trace if the correct amount of each raw material was added by the operative).
Each Product has a set of results which they must meet with very strict tolerance levels. If the product matches all three only then is this passed by the Lab technician for the filling line. We retain a sample of every batch we manufacture for 2 years. This again means if we get a customer enquiry we have a sample to look back at and retrieve information from.
Kitchenmaster do not hold the formal ISO9002 accreditation. There has been no requirement within the industry to possess this accreditation as a precursor to being granted contracts. As previously stated, our own policies and procedures have already been successfully audited against the content of these standards.
If you wish to read more about the ISO standard please visit the website www.iso.org
BIOCIDAL PRODUCTS DIRECTIVE (BPD):
The Biocidal Products Directive is a European Directive which has three main objectives:-
1. To harmonise the European market and their active substances to enable all EEC members to compete on a level playing field.
2. To provide a high level of protection by ensuring all biocidal products are registered and assessed for toxicity to humans and the environment.
3. To ensure products are sufficiently effective against the target species.
What is a biocidal product? A biocidal product does not actually have to kill. If it is used to destroy, deter, make harmless, or control a harmful organism by chemical or biological means it may be considered a biocide. Biocides can be divided into 4 groups; disinfectants and general biocidal products, preservatives, pest control and other biocidal products. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) acts as the Competent Authority to carry out the work under the BPD on behalf of UK Ministers.
For those who wish to read more please visit www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/
The Pesticide Control Service (PCS) of the Department of Agriculture and Food is the competent authority for the implementation of the biocides legislation in Ireland.
This Irish legislation requires that all biocides (using the EU BPD definition) on the market in Ireland must be notified to the PCS using the required notification form. The notification form provides basic information on the nature, composition and intended uses of the biocide. This notification is a transitional measure, which will allow the products concerned to remain on the market pending completion of the EC biocides review programme specified in the BPD.
It is the responsibility of the company that markets a biocide in Ireland to ensure that the product is notified to the PCS in accordance with S.I. No. 625, either by themselves or by another company acting on their behalf. Kitchenmaster have done this and all of our products that contain a biocide have a PCS number.
All of the costs associated with the implementation of the legislation will eventually be borne by the biocides industry. However, no blanket charges are being levied on industry during the initial notification phase for 'existing' biocides. Existing biocides are defined as those on the market in Ireland prior to the 1st of February 2002 and new biocides are those not on the Irish market prior to that date. Applications for notification of a new biocide are subject to a fee.
More information is available at www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/
DANGEROUS PREPARATIONS DIRECTIVE (DPD):
In 2007 the 2nd Amendment due to Technical Progress of the EU Dangerous Preparations Directive (2nd ATP of DPD) of the European Commission came into force.
This legislation has caused the range of products that carry the ‘dead fish, dead tree’ symbol (N hazard classification) to be extended.
These label changes are the result of the way hazards are now viewed under the new legislation and not as a result of any product formulation changes.
The classification applies to products in their undiluted state. However when the product is diluted and disposed of as recommended, by the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), they pose no threat to the environment. All products are biodegradable and over time they lose their toxicity.
Kitchenmaster comply with all MSDS hazard classifications. Kitchenmaster use an industry leading software company, Safeware Quasar, to generate our MSDS and these are then updated on a regular basis. Please see below for more information on MSDS.
DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES DIRECTIVE (DSD):
A European law covering dangerous substances was introduced in 1967 to protect public health, in particular the health of workers handling dangerous substances. The law, known as the Directive on Dangerous Substances introduced EU-wide provisions on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances. The classification of dangerous substances places a substance into one or several defined classes of danger and characterises the type and severity of the adverse effects that the substance can cause. The packaging of dangerous substances protects individuals from the known risks of a substance, and the labelling of dangerous substances provides information about the nature of the substance's risks and about the safety measures to apply during handling and use.
Since it was adopted in 1967 the directive has regularly been updated to take into account the latest scientific and technical progress so as to ensure the highest level of protection for individuals and the environment. This also ensures that the internal market functions most efficiently. The amendments to the directive enable newly identified hazardous materials to be added to the list of dangerous substances. The most recent known as the 30th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) introduces or modifies the EU harmonised classification and labelling requirements for more than 800 substances.
CARBON TRUST STANDARD - CARBON REDUCTION COMMITMENT (CRC)
The carbon reduction commitment is the new cap and trade legislation that will affect around 5000 organisations in the UK.
The Carbon Trust Standard is awarded to organisations that measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint. Organisations that achieve the Standard are taking real action to reduce their direct impact on climate change. Over 60 organisations have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard and saved over 500,000 tCO2 including B&Q, Diageo, Royal Mail Group, O2 and Ulster Carpets.
The Carbon Trust Standard was launched in June 2008. It builds on other international Standards for the measurement of corporate carbon emissions:
• Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard from the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
• ISO14064-1:2006, which provides a specification (at the organisation level) for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
For more detailed information please www.carbontruststandard.com