In order to comply with the REACH Regulation set forth by the European Union, the SCHOTT Advanced Optics Business Unit has recently completed a thorough review of the legislation’s requirements to determine if our lines of glass need to be registered.
II. Safety Data Sheet – Technical Safety Information
We believe these sheets are still important, and plan to continue publishing them for our entire line, unchanged in content and format. The only modification will be in name only as the informational sheets for SCHOTT exempt glasses that fall into category i. will now be called “Technical Safety Information”.
Safety Data Sheets will continue to be issued for SCHOTT glasses that fall into categories ii. and iii.. These glasses require a more cautious approach to handling and use because of their composition and chemical resistance, especially in powder form. This is independent of whether the material is processed into a specific powdered intermediate (e.g. solder glass), or is powdery waste generated unintentionally during a machining process.
While the change is based on the new legal requirements, SCHOTT Advanced Optics is dedicated to maintaining the high quality and environmental management standards that we have always abided by. We will continue to fulfill the requirements for Safety Data Sheets as part of the REACH Regulation 1907/2006/EC, through the content and format of our Technical Safety Information materials and Safety Data Sheets. These resources will also ensure SCHOTT meets the Safety Data Sheets requirements set forth by the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (UN GHS) and this information also functions as "Material Safety Data Sheets."
III. REACH Regulation – Our Commitment
The responsibilities of SCHOTT Advanced Optics are defined within Title IV, Articles 31 to 36, “Information in the Supply Chain,” and within Title V, Articles 37 to 39, “Downstream Users.” We are dedicated to utilizing industry best practices, and hereby confirm that we are fully aware of our obligations and of the legal requirement to be compliant with the defined responsibilities. Furthermore, we promise to implement all of the corresponding organizational steps in a timely fashion to ensure compliance with the REACH Regulation.
Should you have any questions regarding the implementation of our REACH obligations, please do not hesitate to contact our global REACH Officer, Dr. Kristian Eichgrün, at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.