Illegal mining and trade of certain raw material in the Democratic Republic of Kongo and its adjacent countries partly contributes to significant violations of human rights, pollution and to the financing of violent conflicts in the region. As a result, the Dodd-Frank act was passed in 2010 where section 1502 addresses the international trade and use of the Conflict Minerals tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) and their derivatives. Under this law companies which are subject to SEC:s (Securities and Exchange Commission) supervision must disclose the extent to which products they produce contain such minerals as tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold and their origin.
Stålrör AB is not subject to SEC:s supervision but we have a social responsibility with regard to the environment, safety, health and human rights and actively work with assessing our supply chain in terms of improved traceability of conflict minerals and ensuring responsible procurement.
Suppliers to Stålrör AB who manufacture products or have production processes containing tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold and derivatives thereof shall on request disclose the origin of these substances. Information and declaration will be requested from suppliers, when needed, through our supplier evaluation form where CFS:s (Conflict Free Smelter Program) template CMRT is used.
REACH and the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern
REACH (EG) no 1907/2006 is a regulation of the European Union and involves registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
All chemical substances who are manufactured in or imported to the EU, in quantities exceeding 1 ton per year, must be registered at ECHA in Helsinki. Stålrör AB is a wholesale company trading steel pipes, tubes and rods and is therefore considered a downstream user as far as the REACH document is concerned. Stålrör AB is therefore not obligated to register with ECHA (European Chemicals Agency). Products sold by Stålrör AB are “articles” as defined in REACH (article 3 Definitions). Moreover, and under normal and reasonably foreseeable circumstances, the articles supplied shall not release any harmful substances. Hence, Stålrör AB, is neither obligated for registration nor for the creation of material safety data sheets.
The candidate list is EU:s list of SVCH substances (Substances of Very High Concern), i.e. substances that have properties which can cause severe and irreversible effects on human health or the environment. Consumers are entitled to know whether a product contains a substance on the candidate list if it is in the product above 0,1% w/w. If Stålrör AB sells products containing substances listed on the candidate list, customers will always be informed about this at every purchase opportunity.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
The RoHS2 directive (2011/65/EU) aims to reduce risks to human health and environment through the replacement of certain substances in electrical and electronic equipment through less hazardous alternative or technology. RoHS restricts the contents of these substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Substances covered by the RoHS directive are: lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), flame retardants PBB and PBDE, phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP) and mercury (Hg). Stålrör AB does not manufacture nor market any electronic products but still works actively to comply with the RoHS directive for the pipes and rods we have in stock.