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How Safe Are The Chemicals in Our Household Products?

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Aug 6, 2018 6:30:43 PM

Are Household Chemical Products as Safe as We Assume?

Not at all. From kitchen to bathroom to garage, we can find many household chemical products in our homes, such as cleaners, oils, detergents, anti-cockroach balls, and so on.

Improper use or storage of these household chemical products could cause anything from minor to serious to even life-threatening health problems for adults and foremost children.

Here’s a list of the more popular items and precautions you can take to keep your family safe.

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Topics: product testing, reach, chemical testing

RoHS/REACH Questions Answered by TÜV Rheinland Experts, Part 6

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Feb 10, 2016 3:25:12 PM

What is the recommendation for appropriate documentation and methodology for performing and recording the product's conformity to the relevant requirements and adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s)? 

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Topics: reach

RoHS/REACH Questions Answered by TÜV Rheinland Experts, Part 5

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Feb 5, 2016 11:23:33 AM

With regards to the new requirements for PAH for TOYS, what if the article is not a TOY, but a device 'Intended for use by children'? Does TÜV Rheinland provide testing/certification for CPSC Standards for toys and devices 'intended to be used by children'?

Regardless of whether the article is defined as a toy or as a device intended to be used by children, it must meet 0-3yrs Category 1 for PAH. There are different thresholds for children under 3 and children over 3.

TÜV Rheinland’s Bentonville, AR lab handles toys and textiles. That’s also our environmental lab where we do all the environmental testing for RoHS, REACH, LEED and others. Accredited to CPSC from the CPSIA and we can test toys both mechanically and chemically for U.S., Canada, and EU.

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Topics: reach

RoHS/REACH Questions Answered by TÜV Rheinland Experts, Part 4

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jan 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Does REACH testing require grinding up my entire product?

No! There is no such thing as grinding up an entire product and analyzing what is in it. Here’s why: You can’t identify which homogeneous material are present. If a product tested ‘hot’ for lead, cadmium or Bromine, you would never know where to find that in your BOM list. 

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Topics: reach

RoHS/REACH Questions Answered by TÜV Rheinland Experts, Part 3

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jan 22, 2016 12:01:03 PM

What does EN 50581 mean to me?

EN 50581 is the technical documentation requirement under RoHS and defines what must be contained in the technical file under RoHS.

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Topics: reach