Environmental protection is an integral part of Wagner’s business policy. When designing products and processes environmental sustainability must be ensured. Environmentally hazardous materials or means of production should be avoided as far as possible. In the manufacture of vehicle parts, we make sure that neither our production methods nor our products present a potential risk for the production side, the staff or the user.
The environment management goal is to comply with existing standards and legal requirements as well as a systematic and documented improvement in environmental performance.The handling of hazardous substances should be reduced to a minimum and be fully documented.
In addition to the direct environmental risks the energy policy at Wagner includes an energy-efficient production. Energy has become an important value and cost impact for our company.Implementation, control and improvement of energy saving potentials is an important part of our environmental and energy policy and contributes to a sustainable development of the company.
The environmental and energy policy is mandatory for company management and employees. We expect the same from our suppliers.
REACH (EC 1907/2006) aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. This is done by the four processes of REACH, namely the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. REACH also aims to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
"No data no market": the REACH Regulation places responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers are required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. The Agency is the central point in the REACH system: it manages the databases necessary to operate the system, co-ordinates the in-depth evaluation of suspicious chemicals and is building up a public database in which consumers and professionals can find hazard information.
The Regulation also calls for the progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals (referred to as "substances of very high concern") when suitable alternatives have been identified.
One of the main reasons for developing and adopting the REACH Regulation was that a large number of substances have been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high amounts, and yet there is insufficient information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment. There is a need to fill these information gaps to ensure that industry is able to assess hazards and risks of the substances, and to identify and implement the risk management measures to protect humans and the environment.
Having entered into force in 2007, REACH provisions are being phased-in over 11 years. Companies can find explanations of REACH on the DG Enterprise or ECHA websites, and can contact national helpdesks. (European Commission)
Last updated: June 2016
REACH Customer Notification Letter [PDF, 9 KB]