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REACH: Information for Formulators

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2016: A new version of Document 4: Health Boundary Conditions Matrix (V2.0has been added to this page which reflects changes to phrases that resulted from the implementation of the CLP regulation in 2015. 

This information is for Formulators of lubricant additives and lubricant mixtures.

The ATIEL/ATC Generic Exposure Scenario (GES) process has been designed to support the communication of safe use information for classified products by attaching a ‘mixture’ exposure scenario to their safety data sheet. The controls identified within each GES are expected to be sufficient to address the risks associated with all typical components regardless of whether these components have already been registered and an exposure scenario received from your supplier.

ATIEL/ATC’s expectation is that most lubricant products should fit within the boundary conditions of the relevant GES specified in this process. However, for products that do not fit the boundary conditions it will be necessary to develop an exposure scenario specific to that product, and the GES provides a starting point. The GES have been prepared based on typical hazard classifications and typical component substance concentrations in finished products used in typical applications.

How to apply the ATIEL/ATC GES Process

An overview of the process is given below together with links to the relevant supporting documents and further explanation. Please also refer to the step-by-step guidance to this process on the right.

Detailed process description

Document 0: Guidance for Applying the Generic Exposure Scenarios (GES) Process (pdf)
Guide to identifying whether a GES is required for a lubricant or lubricant additive product and selecting the appropriate GES – provides additional background and guidance to help you follow the GES Process Flow Charts (below).

Document 1: GES Process Flow Charts (pdf)
Graphical step-by-step process for application and maintenance of the GES. This document should be used in conjunction with the guidance document above.

Supporting information needed to apply the process
document numbers are consistent with those referenced in Document 0)

Document 2: Lubricant Applications Table (pdf)
Use this document to map the applications of your products to the ATIEL/ATC Use Groups.

Document 3: Lubricant DUCC Table (pdf)
This document provides a description of the Use Groups and associated Use Descriptors, along with the typical operational conditions and risk management measures.

UPDATED: Document 4: Health Boundary Conditions Matrix (V2.0) (pdf)
Refer to this matrix to determine if the Human Health section of the GES is relevant to your lubricant mixture and can therefore be appended to the safety data sheet.

Document 5a: Generic Exposure Scenario Narratives – Group A (pdf)
GES by Use Group, the content of which should be appended to the safety data sheet of relevant lubricant mixtures.

Document 5b: Generic Exposure Scenario Narratives – Groups B-F (pdf)
GES by Use Group, the content of which should be appended to the safety data sheet of relevant lubricant mixtures.

Document 6: Environmental Classified Substances Table (pdf)
Table listing Environmentally Classified Substances with links to a code which can be used to look up values in the Environmental GES Values Table (Document 7).

Document 7: Environmental GES Values Table (pdf)
Table listing values for the relevant parameters for insertion into the Environmental section of the GES (e.g. Msafe).

Document 8: Health GES - Explanation of Fields (pdf)
Contains an explanation of the different fields of the Health section of the GES narratives.

Document 9: Environmental GES - Explanation of Fields and Checks (pdf)
Contains an explanation of the different fields of the Environment section of the GES narratives.

Document 10: Checking Environmental Conditions of Use and Scaling (pdf)
This document supports Step 5 of the GES Process Flow Charts dealing with the questions: “Does the Raw Material Exposure Scenario specify equally/less stringent conditions of use than the allocated GES(s)?” and “Can scaling be applied to demonstrate that the allocated GES(s) are applicable?”

Standard phrases used in developing the GES

Document 11: New Standard Phrases and translations (pdf)
In the development of the GES, existing standard phrases from the Cefic ESCom Standard have been used to support transition into Safety Data Sheet IT systems. Additional phrases specific to the ATIEL-ATC GES have been developed by exception. The additional phrases, together with translations into relevant European languages, are available in this document.

Overview of Use Communication

This document provides simplified guidance to identified use communication in the lubricants supply chain - click here.

This document is also available in a number of EU languages - click here.

Generic Exposure Scenarios
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