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REACH regulations - Lead content alert

Declaration in accordance with article 33 of the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 and Substances of Very High Concern, SVHC

22 November 2018

Pursuant to the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals Regulation 1907/2006/EC (REACH), SKF has an obligation to inform about certain substances contained in our products that are manufactured in or imported into the European Union. Where an article contains any substances of very high concern (SVHC) and is identified in a concentration above 0.1 % weight by weight (w/w), SKF is obligated to provide sufficient information to allow safe use of the article including, as a minimum, the name of that contained substance.

The complete and latest list of SVHCs can be found on the ECHA website: https://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table

Lead [CAS No. 7439-92-1] has been added to the SVHC list on the 27th of June 2018.

Lead is a substance commonly used in copper, steel and aluminium alloys. A variety of SKF products use these alloys, with a lead concentration above the set threshold. For example brass is a material commonly used in the bearing industry for the manufacture of bearing cages. The grades used by SKF for this purpose all contain concentrations of lead above the threshold of 0.1% w/w.

The main routes to lead exposure are ingestion and inhalation. Permeation via skin is minimal, in particular when the substance is contained in a metal matrix.

In normal conditions of use, professional users of the industrial components made by SKF can only come in contact with this substance by physical contact [as any welding or metal removal operation would compromise the integrity of the product].

In Annex A you will find a list of some of the SKF products containing lead in concertation above 0.1% w/w. If further clarifications are needed please contact your SKF sales representative.

The information provided in this statement is true and complete to the best of knowledge.

Yours sincerely,
Stefano Marzola                                                            
SKF Knowledge Area Manager – Performance Manager
E: stefano.marzola@skf.com   T: +44 1582 496519                     

Sharon Marshall
SKF Sales Quality Manager – Industrial
E: sharon.marshall@skf.com   T: +44 1582 496745


Annex A

Angular contact ball bearings:   Designation starting with “72” or “73”
If the designation contains the suffix M, MA or Y the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   7044 BGM

Double row contact ball bearings:   Designation starting with “32” or “33”
If the designation contains the suffix M or MA the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   3318 DMA

Four point contact ball bearings:   Designation starting with “QJ”
If the designation contains the suffix MA the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   QJ 310 N2MA

Deep groove ball bearings:   Designation starting with “6”
If the designation contains the suffix M, MA or MB the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   618/850 MA/C3

Self-aligning ball bearings:   Designation starting with “12”, “13”, “22”, “23”
If the designation contains the suffix M, MA or MB the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   2319 M

Cylindrical roller bearings:   Designation starting with “N”, “NU”, “NJ”, “NUP”
If the designation contains the suffix M, MA, MB, ML, MP or MR the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   NU 206 ECML/C3

Spherical roller bearings:   Designation starting with “21”, “22”, “23” or “24”
If the designation contains the suffix CA, ECA, CAMA the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   238/750 CAMA/W20

Toroidal roller bearings:   Designation starting with “C”
If the designation contains the suffix M or MB the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   C 3060 KM

Thrust ball bearings:   Designation starting with “5”
If the designation contains the suffix M the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   51136 M

Thrust cylindrical roller bearings:   Designation starting with “8”
If the designation contains the suffix M the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   81144 M

Spherical roller thrust bearings:   Designation starting with “29”
If the designation contains the suffix M the cage is made of brass with lead content above 0.1% w/w
Example   29488 EM

Solid bronze bushes:   Designation starting with “PBM”
If the designation ends with “M1G1” the bush contains lead in concentrations above 0.1%
Example   PBM 223220 M1G1

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