REACH for Shell Lubricants Supply Chain
Shell Lubricants companies have either
- (pre-) registered substances they manufacture or import in Europe (including substances in preparations) that have a registration deadline of 31st May 2018 (e.g. grease thickeners) or
- have ensured that where a (pre-) registration does not exist, these substances are covered by an appropriate Only Representative arrangement.
- have ensured that an efficient approach is taken to simplify the communication of information from the chemical safety assessments of hazardous components in lubricants formulations via exposure scenarios. Hundreds of applications of different lubricants and lubricant additives have been summarized into a much smaller number of generic use groups sharing the same set of use descriptors based on comparable human and environmental exposure.
Shell Lubricants Products
- Base Oils and Process Oils:
We can confirm that the following product families have been registered under REACH:
In addition to manufacture, Shell Lubricants companies blend finished lubricants (i.e. preparations) for which many substances are procured. The REACH regulation does not require the (pre-) registration of preparations. However, all component substances must be (pre-) registered. As Shell Lubricants products are typically complex mixtures comprising substances with different registration deadlines it is not possible to provide a definitive registration date for most products because of the complexity of the supply chain.
If you have any questions about (pre-) registration, uses and exposure information, please address them to your usual Shell Lubricants representative or contact us.
Most of the substance types in the ECHA Candidate List of SVHC for authorisation – last updated on 17/12/2015 – have been included in our own Shell Lubricants Restricted Substances List for well over 10 years. This means that, during this time, the use of these SVHC in new formulations developed for Shell Branded Lubricant Products has been reduced, discouraged or discontinued.
Where they are known to be used in existing formulations, they are high priority for replacement. There are some exceptions to this, for reasons outlined hereunder and they are: boric acid, certain sodium borates, octylphenol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate and trixylyl phosphate.
As further detailed below, based on our current level of knowledge, we are not aware of any Shell Branded Lubricant Products in the active portfolio which includes SVHC other than boric acid, certain sodium borates, octylphenol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate & trixylyl phosphate. Where these substances are present at greater than 0.1% in a Shell Branded Lubricant Product, this information is being included on the relevant product Safety Data Sheet.