Environment and Safety
Boric Acid & Borax free
Keen to follow the current and future REACH legislation and to find answers to environmental constraints applied to our sector, Castolin Eutectic developed a brazing product range containing no CMR properties (Carcinogen, Mutagen, Reprotoxic). This means no boric acid or borax.
What is REACH?
REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced.
Cadmium is considered eco-toxic and so this is the first reason why Castolin Eutectic developed cadmium-free products. Cadmium is used in batteries, plastics, pigments and metal coatings. Cadmium can enter into the environment through landfills, poor waste disposal methods, when burning coal for energy, etc. The particles can travel far before falling to the ground or water and each year many tons of cadmium are discharged into our seas and oceans. Environmental pressures to eliminate the use of cadmium in industrial goods have been growing and the European Union created several directives to prevent the use of such hazardous substances. Furthermore, cadmium has already been banned from Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Potable Water applications.
The Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. This directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic waste. Castolin Eutectic products are certified to comply with this directive.