At Tikkurila, product safety is the responsibility of employees specialized in product safety in our production units. They are in charge of determining the impact of raw materials used on health and environmental and the related internal guidance as well as guiding our customers to use the product in a safe manner.
Tikkurila works systematically and actively to determine the health and environmental impact of the raw materials used in paints. The employees specializing in product safety calculate the hazard properties for products used in compliance with instructions, based on the raw material information and the paint formula. The properties are indicated in the paint safety data sheet and the warnings section of the product label. If the user instructions and safety instructions are adhered to, the use of the paint is safe.
The increasingly tight environmental and safety requirements and the changing legislation lay new demands on our products and increase Tikkurila’s responsibility to inform the consumers of its products’ health, environmental and safety impacts. We actively monitor the existing regulations and participate in the development of new ones.
Among others, the following international regulations govern paint production, product safety as well as paint handling and marketing:
The REACH regulation is European Union’s directive on the registration, evaluation, authorizations and restriction of chemicals. REACH obligates manufacturers and importers of chemicals to assess the risks related to the use of the product and to provide end-users with the instructions on the safe use of chemicals.
Paints themselves are not the substances specified in the directive but raw materials contained in paints must be registered in the EU. Therefore, paint manufacturers must ensure that the raw materials they use in paints comply with the REACH, and they are under the obligation to inform their customers of the substances contained in their paints. Tikkurila has ensured that all raw materials used in the EU region have been or will be registered by 2018 in accordance with the schedule specified in REACH.
The CLP regulation (Classification, Labeling and Packaging) concerns the classification, labeling and packaging of chemicals. The purpose of the regulation is to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment. The regulation harmonizes the classification criteria of substances and compounds and the rules governing labeling and packaging.
The CLP regulation is effective in all EU countries and along with it, the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) will be implemented globally. Tikkurila has been preparing for the new labeling and safety data sheet requirements of the CLP regulation since 2013. The warning texts on the labels of Tikkurila's paint products manufactured and sold in the EU region have been replaced by June 2015.
The VOC directives define the maximum volume of VOC emissions in production and the maximum allowed amount of volatile compounds contained in paints. The purpose of the directives is to prevent or reduce the direct or indirect impact of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions on the environment or people.
The biocide regulation governs the use of preservatives in paints. The regulation became effective on September 1, 2013.