Shell supports the underlying goals of REACH, which include placing greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to health and the environment. This is consistent with the Shell commitment to promote the responsible production, use and handling of the products made.

During the first two registration deadlines (1st December 2010 and 1st June 2013, respectively) Shell legal entities registered more than 600 petroleum and petrochemical substances. Shell is now preparing to meet the 1st June 2018 deadline. Shell will continue to collaborate with customers on the products Shell sells and with suppliers to gather all of the required information products and their downstream uses.

Shell registrations (or pre-registrations) do not cover the manufacture of these products outside the European Union and the importation of these products into the European Union by non-Shell companies. More detail can be found here:

Shell pre-registrations or registrations DO NOT cover

Along with the implementation of REACH, all Safety Data Sheets provide information on the safe use of chemicals and the respective risk management measures. An interactive guide introduces the key features of REACH compliant Safety Data Sheets.

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.

 

Shell Lubricants Products

  • Base Oils and Process Oils:

We can confirm that the following product families have been registered under REACH:

Catenex

Edelex

Flavex

Gravex

HMVIP

HVI

Slack Wax

Microwax

MVIN

MVIP

Olea

Ondina

Risella

Sarawax

XHVI

  • Finished Lubricants

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 authorisationlast 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.

Boric acid and sodium borates in Shell Lubricants formulations

For many years boric acid has been widely used for the manufacture of thickeners for lubricating greases, while sodium borates are common ingredients of coolants

  • Coolants. Some of our coolants contain an amount between 0.1% and 0.99% of Disodium tetraborate pentahydrate. The concentration is well below the special concentration limits specified along with the publication of the European Commission decision to classify the substance, and confirmed with the publication of the First Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) of the CLP regulation in September 2009 (Annex VI, Table 3.1). Where this substance is present at 0.1% or more in a Shell Branded Lubricant, this information is included in chapter 3 of the relevant product Safety Data Sheet. Therefore the component is not affecting the classification and labelling of the finished coolant products. We will keep monitoring status of Disodium tetraborate pentahydrate in ECHA recommendations to the European Commission for inclusion in Annex XIV of REACH.
  • Grease thickeners. Shell Lubricants companies place on the market some lubricating greases based on Borate complex thickener technology. Such thickeners are obtained via reaction of Boric acid with an excess of strong alkaline base, so that in the finished reacted product no free Boric Acid is left. The resulting Borate complexes are not classified and not listed themselves in the SVHC list.

Octylphenol ethoxylates in Shell Lubricants formulations

One diesel automotive formulation and one transmission fluid for a specific customer contain approximately 0.1% of octylphenol ethoxylate (OPE). We are engaging with our suppliers to ensure that the levels of these substances in the materials they provide to us are reduced or eliminated completely. Where this substance is present at 0.1% or more in a Shell Branded Lubricant, this information is included in chapter 3 of the relevant product Safety Data Sheet.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates in Shell Lubricants formulations

Seven Shell Lubricants EU marketed products contain nonylphenol ethoxylate. Three of these products are customer specific and we are working to replace them with suitable alternatives. For the other four products, we are engaging with our suppliers to ensure that the levels of these substances in the materials they provide to us are reduced or eliminated completely. Where this substance is present at 0.1% or more in a Shell Branded Lubricant, this information is included in chapter 3 of the relevant product Safety Data Sheet.

Trixylyl phosphate in Shell Lubricants formulations

One Shell Lubricants EU marketed product contains trixylyl phosphate. We are working on substitution of this product with a less hazardous one and will communicate the implementation plan in due time to customers. This information is included in chapter 3 of the relevant Product Safety Data Sheet.

More information on our products can be found at the Shell Lubricants website.

If you need specific information on SVHC status, please contact your usual Shell Lubricants representative or visit the contact us page.

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