REACH, CLP, and other chemical regulations
The European Union’s REACH Regulation (18 December 2006) implemented new rules for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) use and sold in the European market. The regulation affects certain chemical substances which are used on their own or contained in mixtures or products. The goal of the regulation is to protect human health and the environment against the possible hazardous characteristics of these products.
ArcelorMittal has led the registration of elemental and pig iron for the steel industry and other stakeholders. We are proud to have successfully submitted the joint part of the registration dossier during the summer of 2010. Our affiliated companies have registered or notified the European Classification and Labelling Inventory of all relevant substances as prescribed by the REACH and Classification, Labelling, and Packaging (CLP) regulations.
All our products comply with REACH, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation for domestic appliances and other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), and End of Life Vehicles (ELV) directive. Our automotive products are also declared in the International Material Data System (IMDS).
In 2004, ahead of the timetable required by the ELV regulation, ArcelorMittal stopped the use of hexavalent chromium-based passivation in all our automotive processes.
In 2012, ArcelorMittal launched a new organic coated steel collection entitled Nature. Entirely recyclable, the Nature collection is a sustainable organic-coated steel product line. Nature products are delivered with coatings and surface treatments that are free of hexavalent chromium and heavy metals (lead or hexavalent chromium complex).
In 2015, ArcelorMittal stopped the use of lead in all our flat product galvanisation lines. This was done in anticipation of harsher restrictions under the European RoHS regulation.
We continue to invest in R&D programmes with our suppliers to ensure the surface treatments and painting systems we use are constantly ahead of new and emerging regulations.
Additional information, such as the updated REACH candidate list and other declarations regarding the contents and safe use of our products, are available on request. You can also find them online at industry.arcelormittal.com/getintouch