The EHS Committee is actively involved in the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), and in particular in the drafting of the BREF notes for non-ferrous metals; it also provided the EU IPPC Bureau in Seville with the necessary information on the production of ferro-alloys.
The classification of alloys is a major subject in which Euroalliages actively participates within the working groups of Eurometaux or Eurofer.
Another important topic followed by the Committee is the recent development concerning the classification of high-temperature Coal Tar Pitch (ht CTP), the REACH registration of htCTP and the consequence in terms of exposure scenarios and related risks for the smelting industry. The probability of htCTP being subjected to the authorisation process is also being closely monitored.
Regulatory developments related to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) also constitute an important topic due to their potential consequences in terms of safety requirements for workers. The working environment as a whole is, in fact, addressed by the Committee, be this the RCS issue or other topics such as dust abatement, the Physical Agents Directive (Electromagnetic Fields) or the Revision of the Euratom Regulation (radioactivity).
The EUROALLIAGES EHS Committee has been represented within EIMAG, the group of Alloys Industries involved in the debate about alloy classification and the treatment of alloys in REACH: alloys are different from their components and do not display the same characteristics; accordingly, if they are classified, they must be classified independently from their components and on their own merits.
EUROALLIAGES has been very much involved in the debate leading to the adoption of the REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), and has intensively lobbied the EU authorities to ensure that, within the adoption process of REACH, the interests of the ferro-alloy producers are preserved.
In the past, the EHS Committee commissioned a study to assess the ecotoxicity of alloys and related slags performed by 2 laboratories (SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway and LISEC in Genk, Belgium) and sponsored by the ICDA, the IMoA and VANITEC. This Study…