Products made from Waste Rubber RAL-UZ 30b

1 Preliminary Remarks:

In cooperation with the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Environmental Agency and considering the results of the expert hearings conducted by RAL, the Environmental Label Jury has set up these Basic Criteria for the Award of the Environmental Label.
RAL, reg. assoc., has been entrusted with the award of the Environmental Label.
Upon application to RAL and on the basis of a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL the permission to use the Environmental Label may be granted for all products, provided that they comply with the requirements as specified hereinafter.

Award of this Environmental Label is to promote the production and sales of products made from waste rubber.
The use of granulated waste rubber for new products usually is the ecologically more favourable solution as compared with the incineration of rubber for energy generation.

2 Scope
These Basic Criteria shall apply to finished products made from waste rubber. Included is any kind of waste rubber recovered from products which have fulfilled their function and are therefore no longer used or usuable.
Excluded are production and processing wastes.
Overall analysis must show that the finished products are environmentally compatible.

3 Requirements
The above-shown Environmental Label may be used for the marking of the products under paragraph 2, provided that they comply with the following requirements:

The waste rubber content of the finished products must be at least 85%.
In a particular case the waste rubber content may be lowered from 85% to 70% if this is required under DIN Standards and other technical specifications.

The product must comply with the relevant standards of serviceability and safety.

No substances 3) may be added to the granulated waste rubber which:

iare listed in Annex I to Directive 67/548/EEC 2) or in the publication of the List of Dangerous Substances and Preparations 3) according to Section 4a, para. 1, Gefahr-stoffverordnung (Ordinance on Hazardous Substances) 4), as amended, or must be classified according to Section 4a, para. 3, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, and marked with the danger criteria/symbols and characteristic letters "very toxic" (T+), "toxic" (T), "carcinogenic", "mutagenic", "teratogenic" or "dangerous to the environment" (N), respectively;


in TRGS 9055 5) or in the MAK-value-List 6) , as amended, are classified as
a) carcinogenic according to EC Category Carc.Cat.1, Carc.Cat.2 or Carc.Cat.3 or according to the MAK classification III1, III2, III3;
b) mutagenic according to EC Category Mut.Cat.1, Mut.Cat.2 or Mut.Cat.3 or M1, M2, or M3;
c) teratogenic according to EC Category Repr.Cat.1, Repr.Cat.2 or Repr.Cat.3 or R
E/F, RE/F2 or RE/F3.

or which according to scientific knowledge must be classified in one of the categories under para.3.3.2 as carcinogenic, teratogenic or mutagenic or have sensitizing or other chronically damaging properties or which as such or as their impurities or decomposition products are apt to cause considerable risk or considerable disadvantage for the public.

3.3.4 Exception:
Production-related impurities of substances under paras.3.3.1 and 3.3.2 must not exceed 0,01 weight per cent in the additive.
Notwithstanding this, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances shall be minimized in keeping with the latest technological findings.

Apart from that, substances or preparations 1) included in the publication of the list of hazardous substances and preparations 3) pursuant to Section 4a, para.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, as amended, or which according to Section 4a, para.3, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances are classified or marked as "hazardous to health" (Xn), "irritating" (Xi), "caustic" (C), must not exceed a maximum content of 50,0 weight per cent of the limiting concentration in the finished product calculated according to Annex II, No.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances;

4 Compliance Verifications

The applicant shall add product information and advertising literature to his/her application documents.

The applicant shall describe the composition and/or the origin of the granulated waste rubber used as well as ist share in the finished product.

The applicant shall declare compliance with the requirement pursuant to para.3.2.

The applicant shall indicate the trade names and chemical designations of the additives used. The applicant shall submit actual Safety Data Sheets pursuant to EC Directive 91/155/EEC in German or English for all additives or preparations added, respectively.

5 Applicants and the Parties Involved

Manufacturers of finished products made from granulated waste rubber shall be eligible for application.

The following parties are involved in the award procedure:
RAL, Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency) and the Federal State where the production plant is located that manufactures the products to be marked with the Environmental Label.

6 Use of the Environmental Label

The terms governing applicant's use of the Environmental Label shown on page 1 are stipulated by a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL.

Within the scope of such contract the applicant undertakes to comply with the requirements under para.3 as long as he/she makes use of the Environmental Label.

For the marking of products according to para.2 above Contracts on the Use of the Environmental Label are concluded. These contracts shall run until December 31, 2002. They shall be extended by periods of one year each, unless the contract is terminated in writing by March 31, 2002 or by March 31 of the respective year of extension.
After the expiry of the contract the Environmental Label may neither be used for labelling nor for advertising purposes. This regulation shall not affect the products being still in the market.

The applicant (manufacturer) shall be entitled to apply to RAL for an extension of the right to use the label to the product entitled to the label if it is to be marketed under another brand/trade name and/or under other marketing organizations.

The contract on the use of the Environmental Label shall give the following particulars:

Applicant (manufacturer)

Brand/trade name and product designation

Distributor (label user), i.e. the marketing organization pursuant to para.6.4.
1) Begriffe im Sinne von § 3 Nr.1 bzw. Nr.4 der Bekanntmachung der Neufassung des ChemG vom 25.07.1994.
2) ABl EG/veröffentlicht durch Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung im Bundesanzeiger (fortlaufend).
3) Bekanntmachung der Liste der Gefährlichen Stoffe und Zubereitungen nach § 4a der GefStoffV vom 16.09.1993.
4) Verordnung zur Novellierung der Gefahrstoffverordnung, zur Aufhebung der Gefährlichkeitsmerkmaleverordnung und zur Änderung der Ersten Verordnung zum Sprengstoffgesetz vom 26.10.1993, BGBl. I 1993, 1782.
5) Neufassung der TRGS 905 - Verzeichnis krebserzeugender, erbgutverändernder oder fortpflanzungsgefährdender Stoffe (Ausgabe Juni 1997).
6) MAK = Maximale Arbeitsplatzkonzentration- und BAT = Biologische Arbeitsstofftoleranzwerte-Liste, Mitteilung 36 (2000) der Senatskommission zur Prüfung gesundheitsschädlicher Arbeitsstoffe, VCH Verlagsges. Weinheim in der jeweils gültigen Fassung.

  Ausgabe: Januar 1998
Preisgruppe: 1a
© 1998 RAL, Sankt Augustin

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