BASIC CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL
Building Materials primarily made from Waste Glass RAL-UZ 49

1 Preliminary Remarks:

1.1
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.

1.2
Award of the Environmental Label to building materials and auxiliary building materials primarily made from waste glass is to promote the use of glass wastes for construction purposes which are difficult to recycle because of their non-homogeneous composition.

1.3 Definition
Waste glass according to para. 1.2 is residual glass arising outside applicant's firm and which - if not recycled - would have to be disposed of as wastes, e.g. container glass from waste-glass collections, broken glass from the beverage industry, flat glass processing, etc. (external recycling of residual material for the purpose of waste avoidance).
Broken glass, glass wastes and rock wool wastes arising inside applicant's own firm(s) (internal recycling of residual material) shall not be considered as waste glass within the meaning of these Basic Criteria RAL-UZ 49.



2 Scope
These Basic Criteria apply to building materials and auxiliary building materials for overground workings, such as heat insulators, building blocks, mortar for lightweight walls, plaster and building materials, ceiling slabs and lightweight concrete.
Excluded are glass wool and other glass fibers which contain or set free fibre dusts which are according to the criteria laid down in TRGS 905 classified as carcinogenic or suspected of causing cancer.



3 Requirements
The Environmental Label shown on page 1 may be used for the marking of products listed under paragraph 2, provided that they comply with the following requirements:

3.1
The products must be primarily made from waste glass. They must not contain any screen glass.

3.1.1
The waste glass content of the finished product (building materials and auxiliary building materials) must be at least 51 weight per cent, or

3.1.2
in those cases where building materials are manufactured by the use of auxiliary building materials made from waste glass, the waste glass content of the finished product must be at least 70% by volume. Auxiliary building materials made from waste glass must fully substitute other auxiliary building materials serving the same purpose (e.g. expanded clay, expanded shale, sand and gravel).

3.2
The products must not contain any substances 1) which:

3.2.1
are 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, Gefahrstoffverordnung (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;

3.2.2
are classified in TRGS 905 5) or in the MAK-value-List 6), as amended, 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 or 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 RE/F1, RE/F2 or RE/F3

3.2.3
or which according to scientific knowledge must be classified in one of the categories under para.3.1.2 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.

3.2.4 Exception:

Production-related impurities of substances under paras.3.2.1 and 3.2.2 must not exceed 0.01 weight per cent in the fabricated materials.
Notwithstanding this, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances shall be minimized in keeping with the latest technological findings.

3.3
Darüber hinaus dürfen Stoffe oder Zubereitungen 1) die in der Bekanntmachung der Liste der gefährlichen Stoffe und Zubereitungen 3) nach § 4a Abs.1 GefStoffV 4) in ihrer jeweils gültigen Fassung aufgeführt bzw. nach § 4a Abs.3 GefStoffV:

3.3.1
are classified or marked as "low-toxic" (Xn), "irritating" (Xi), "caustic" (C), must not exceed a maximum content of 50.0 weight per cent of the limiting concentration in the final product calculated according to Annex II, No.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances;

3.3.2
are classified on the basis of their physico-chemical properties, may be included in the final product up to a maximum content up to which a risk marking according to Annex II, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances 4), with a symbol pursuant to Annex I, No.2, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, or with the R-rates according to Annex I, No.3, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, would not be required.
If the products under para.2 include substances with a content of > 0.1 weight per cent which are not listed in the publication according to Section 4a, para.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, they shall be classified according the Section 4a, para.3, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances;

3.4
The products under para.2 must comply with the requirements set up by the construction supervising authority.



4 Compliance Verifications

4.1
The applicant shall declare compliance with the requirements pursuant to para. 3.1.
In addition, the applicant shall inform the
Umweltbundesamt
III 1.3
P.O.Box 330022
14191 Berlin

about the amounts of waste glass processed per year and used for the products marked with the Environmental Label.

4.2
The components of the product pursuant to para. 2 shall be given under their trade names and chemical designations in weight per cent for those under para. 3.1.1 or in per cent by volume for those under para. 3.1.2. The applicant shall submit Safety Data Sheets according to EC Directive 91/155/EEC.
For glass-wool products made from waste glass a test certificate shall be submitted proving that according to the current classification concept of TRGS 905 the fibres need not be classified as carcinogenic or suspected of causing cancer. Here, the criteria are:
- Following an intratracheal instillation of 2 mg of a fibre suspension of WHO fibres the half-life is ≤ 40 days;
- The carcinogenity index „CI“ is ≥ 40.
The biopersistency of glass-wool fibres can be proved by means of the Intratracheal Test pursuant to the EU Test Report ECB/TM/27 rev. 7 (European Chemicals Bureau, Ispra).
The carcinogenity index can be determined in accordance with DIN 51001. For this purpose, the applicant shall submit a test certificate issued by a testing institute holding a GLP-certificate or accredited according to DIN EN 45001.

4.3
The applicant shall prove compliance with the relevant construction regulations by submitting the necessary compliance verifications for the products under para.2.

4.4
The applicant shall submit a Technical Instruction Sheet, including product designation, field of application and short description.



5 Applicants and Parties Involved

5.1
Manufacturers of products according to para.2 shall be eligible for application.

5.2
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

6.1
The terms governing applicant's use of the Environmental Label are stipulated by a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL.

6.2
Within the scope of such contract the applicant undertakes to comply with the requirements under para.3 as long as he or she makes use of the Environmental Label.

6.3
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, 2003. They shall be extended by periods of one year each, unless the contract is terminated in writing by March 31, 2003 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.

6.4
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.

6.5
The Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label shall give the following particulars:

6.5.1
Applicant (manufacturer)

6.5.2
Brand/trade name, product designation

6.5.3
Distributor (label user), i.e. the marketing organization pursuant to para. 6.4.
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1) Stoffbegriff im Sinne von § 3 Nr.1 bzw. Nr.4 der Bekanntmachung der Neufassung des ChemG v. 25.07.1994
2) ABL EG, Veröffentlichung durch das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung im Bundesanzeiger (fortlaufend)
3) Bekanntmachung der Liste der Gefährlichen Stoffe und Zubereitungen nach § 4a der GefStoffV (16.09.1993)
4) Verordnung zur Novellierung der Gefahrstoffverordnung, zur Aufhebung der Gefährlichkeitsmerkmaleverordnung und zur Änderung der Ersten Verordnung zum Sprengstoffgesetz (v. 26.10.1993)
5) Neufassung der TRGS 905 - „Verzeichnis krebserzeugender, erbgutverändernder oder fortpflanzungsgefährdender Stoffe“ (Ausgabe Juni 1997)
6) MAK- und BAT-Werte-Liste, Senatskommission zur Prüfung gesundheitsschädlicher Arbeitsstoffe, Mitteilung 36 (2000)

 
  Ausgabe: Juni 1999
Preisgruppe: 1a
© 1999 RAL, Sankt Augustin
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