Many governments, industry associations and buyers create Restricted Substances Lists (RSL) in response to increasing public concern about product safety and environmental protection. These lists restrict the use or existence of certain carcinogenic, mutagenic, reproductive toxic, endocrine disruptive and nonbiodegradable chemicals and substances in finished textiles, apparel, footwear products, toys, electrical goods as well as hardline items.
Many restricted chemicals and substances continue to be used in production process. The RSL is a practical tool to help your business become more alert to the type of chemicals and materials used in your products. It enables you to control the use of these substances in your own processes, as well as those of your suppliers and retailers across your supply chain. This is increasingly important, as most major brands now insist that their stakeholders and partners conform to RSL guidelines.
TÜV SÜD assists manufacturers and retailers to understand the varying international regulations on hazardous substance use in different markets. We help you to meet regulatory requirements to comply with legislation such as RoHS and REACH, as well as USA state law requirements such as California Proposition 65. We are well-equipped with laboratory facilities to offer testing solutions that help to comply with legislation. We keep you updated on upcoming changes to RSL guidelines and how your products will be affected by these changes.
Examples of restricted substances and their possible sources
Possible sources of restricted substances
Aromatic amines cleaved from azo dyes
Aromatic amines are produced during the degradation or breakdown of certain azo dyes, which are coloring agents widely used in the production of textiles, leather, plastics, paper
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
PAH are found in oil, coal and oils used for the production of tyres and some plastic or rubber components. They exist as contaminants in those parts.
Heavy Metals such as lead, cadmium and chromium
Heavy metals can be used as alloy to improve the strength of metals and heavy metal compounds are used widely in various materials such as paint, plastic and textiles.
Formaldehyde may be found in textiles treated with anti-wrinkles finishing. It can also be found in composite wood.
|Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers (softeners) for PVC and other polymers e.g. rubb|
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