Phthalates are not necessary
Many plasticizers containing phthalates are considered to be highly hazardous to health. Several of them are severely restricted or prohibited in the EU by REACH or other regulations. The reason is that these substances can inhibit fertility and endanger fetuses during pregnancy. US authorities also ban the use of phthalates in plasticizers.
The plasticizer Mesamoll from LANXESS is phthalate-free. It is used in making waterbeds, children’s bouncy castles and water balls, for instance. Mesamoll gels well and can therefore be processed at lower temperatures as well as more quickly than other plasticizers.
Documentation must always be up-to-date
Mesamoll has been registered with ECHA since 2010 and is not classified as dangerous.
In the registration applications, companies must prove that their products are safe.
Such evidence can include:
- scientific studies,
- detailed information on implementation,
- directions for safe handling, protective clothing and first aid,
- instructions on storage, transport and disposal and
- directions for properly responding to leaks and in case of fire.
ECHA registration costs vary depending on the amount of the chemical to be used. Most LANXESS additives are used in large quantities (more than 1,000 tons per year) to serve the global market. This can result in registration expenses of €2.6 million per chemical, including:
- cost of conducting studies: approx. €2.3 million
- cost of documentation preparation: up to €250,000
- ECHA evaluation fees: approx. €25,000