FineCal's systems - Bristol fully certified to ISO9001:2015 & FineCal Distributors certified as well to AS9120 Rev. B.
- UK REACh for Businesses adopts safeguards after taking over from European equivalent following BREXIT.
- 4 more SVHC's added to REACh - June 2020
- We successfully gain AS9120 - March 2020
FineCal Quality remains resolute in achieving "RIGHT 1st TIME".
OUR TARGET IS ZERO - NO complaints; No non-conformances; No corrective actions. Our last review highlighted we were running at 0.07% - down from the previous 0.11%.
Originally certified in 1992 to BS5750 as an addition to our existing MOD approval. Over 35 years later, we've developed our Systems that now combines Quality, Health & Safety and Environment disciplines so that processes, their risks and methods can be assessed to ensure overall effectiveness. Our last audit in November conducted by UKAS raised no corrective actions. So we major on continuing to get it right for you - our Customer!
Just click, on our downloadable pdf Group Quality Profile Pack. Here you can see our policies including Ethical, Organisational chart, ISO certificate (ISO9001:2015) on page 9, and Customer Approvals all within one document (NB: an updated version is due for release soon).
Our customer approvals include:-
- GKN Aerospace - Filton (inc. Airbus): QA-GKNAF000018-1
- BAE Systems: BAE/AG/20415/MAA
- Leonardo (AgustaWestland) to: V00679 03c (Electrical Accessories + Components) and 04b (Non-Metallic Raw Materials)
- Aim Aviation (Jecco) to: AA/J/466
- Airbus UK Limited
- Ultra Electronics
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR AS9120:B ACHIEVEMENT - DISTRIBUTORS TO AEROSPACE.
RoHS and REACh
RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) + WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) are two European Directives introduced to ensure environmental procedures are followed by manufacturers, importers and supply chains especially in markets relating to automotive, electronic, electrical equipment & components. Medical devices, Monitoring & Control instruments remain exempt for now in RoHS and restricts new electrical & electronic equipment from containing specific substances such as flame retardants. If these ingredients are above fixed maximum levels, then they should not be included or sold: ideally safe alternatives should be incorporated within the manufacturing process.
Substances defined by RoHS (* new additions - RoHS-3)
- Cadmium < 100 ppm
- Hexavalent Chromium < 1000 ppm
- Lead < 1000 ppm
- Mercury < 100 ppm
- Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) < 1000 ppm
- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) < 1000 ppm *
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) < 1000 ppm *
- Dibutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm *
- Diisobutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm *
End products covered by RoHS (non-exhaustive list) are:-
- Cat 1 / 2: Large appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers / Small appliances; coffee makers, hair dyers, irons, vacuum cleaners
- Cat 3: IT and telecommunications equipment inc computers, copiers, phones, printers
- Cat 4: Consumer electrical equipment such as music systems, TV's etc
- Cat 5: Lighting which includes bulbs, fixtures and lights
- Cat 6: Power tools inc drills, nail guns, saws Electrical and electronic tools (not large scale stationary industrial tools)
- Cat 7: Toys & Sports incorporating drones, electric cars & trains, video games
- Cat 8: Medical devices*
- Cat 9: Control & monitoring equipment*
- Cat 10: Automatic Dispensers: ATM, vending machines
- Cat 11: Other electrical equipment (EEE) not mentioned above and if not exempt**
* Compliance deadline for Category 8, 9 products for RoHS 3 phthalate restriction is July 22, 2021
** Compliance deadline for Category 11 products for RoHS 3 phthalate restriction became effective on July 23, 2019
REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) addresses the production of “articles” and the possibility that they may contain chemical substances (SVHC's) which could have an impact on both human health and the environment. These substances (links to ECHA and their latest revision) are published in order that businesses are aware of their responsibilities to themselves and their customers to act with precaution as to their use and subsequent CoSHH controls in the workplace. The latest release came into effect on 25th June 2020 and now total 209 SVHC's. NB: Due to Brexit, REACh UK applies from Jan 1st 2021 as announced by GOV-UK
Chemicals could potentially contain unknown risks to health because they may not have been evaluated. REACh aims to make originators / importers / suppliers who place materials / chemicals on the market responsible for controlling the risks associated with their use and handling. Reducing / eradicating SVHC's (severe hazardous chemicals) to less than 0.01% by weight is the objective. As a direct result of these restrictions, a chemical / substance essential to performance may have to be withdrawn, and if there's no viable substitute, bring about a product's withdrawal. However there may be exemptions to this due to development difficulties, and that they may be used providing safeguards under COSHH) are in place. Certainly in such instances, these are not for sale to individual members of public and / or depending on the actual weight of the product as a single unit - Article XVII.
The European Chemicals Agency in Finland manage the REACh process throughout the EU to implement the legislation issued by Brussels. STILL TO BE CLARIFIED, THIS MAY STILL GOVERN THE UK VERSION AND SVHC LISTINGS.
FineCal is classed as a distributor and downstream user of articles (products that are manufactured from other base materials). This means that as a:-
- Distributor: we source from approved manufacturers / suppliers for our stock and direct delivery to customers. We undertake regular checks on products procured to ensure compliance by cross-referencing CAS codes as stated within product safety sheets.
- Downstreamer: we blend & mix colours to customer requirements for required shades - both in our Label printing process and Screen ink colour matching service. We utilise compliant ink ranges with thinning agents. This therefore does not alter the basic structure of an article - and thus remains compliant.
Of course, we do expect suppliers / manufacturers to ratify their position as well question their own supply chains to ensure checks are conducted thoroughly.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further advice.