Rhenus Lub has the answers

Companies in the mechanical engineering and metalworking industries have no need to worry about the new legal situation regarding the use of formaldehyde — it is simply a matter of having the right lubricant partner. Thanks to intensive research, the innovative lubricants from Rhenus Lub are already compliant with future legal requirements.

For customers of the Mönchengladbach-based company, this means that the new regulations in the 6th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) of the European CLP Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures are simply not an issue. As part of this regulation, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has classified formaldehyde as carcinogenic (category 1B) and mutagenic (category 2). The new legislation is likely to enter into force as early as mid-2015.

Users of modern lubricants produced in Mönchengladbach will be in the clear in two regards. Rhenus Lub has completely avoided using formaldehyde in its free state in rhenus-branded products for a long time. Some coolants in the range do contain formaldehyde depot substances and minimal concentrations of formaldehyde may be released in the course of the machining process. “However, the amount that is released by coolants from Rhenus Lub today and that will be in the future is far below the prescribed limit of 1000 ppm, or 0.1 percent formaldehyde”, assures Dipl. -Ing. Meinhard Kiehl, Director of Marketing, Product Management at Rhenus Lub. “It will be possible to use products from Rhenus Lub that contain formaldehyde depot substances in the future without any concerns”. It is very important to users that there is no requirement for labelling after the 6th ATP enters into force.

Measuring the formaldehyde concentration has long been standard practice in the state-of-the-art Rhenus Lub laboratories. The lubricant experts determine the precise maximum possible quantity of releasable formaldehyde using a Skalar system. However, this is only a theoretical maximum value. When used in practice, only a small fraction of this amount is actually released into the atmosphere. This measuring method means that customers are guaranteed the highest possible level of safety.