REACH - Information from Formulators

This information is for formulators of lubricant additives and lubricant mixtures.

The ATIEL/ATC Generic Exposure Scenario (GES) process has been designed to support the communication of safe use information for classified products by attaching a ‘mixture’ exposure scenario to their safety data sheet. The controls identified within each GES are expected to be sufficient to address the risks associated with all typical components regardless of whether these components have already been registered and an exposure scenario received from your supplier.

ATIEL/ATC’s expectation is that most lubricant products should fit within the boundary conditions of the relevant GES specified in this process. However, for products that do not fit the boundary conditions it will be necessary to develop an exposure scenario specific to that product, and the GES provides a starting point. The GES have been prepared based on typical hazard classifications and typical component substance concentrations in finished products used in typical applications.

How to apply the ATIEL/ATC GES Process

An overview of the process is given below together with links to the relevant supporting documents and further explanation. Please also refer to the step-by-step guidance to this process on the right.

Detailed process description

Guide to identifying whether a GES is required for a lubricant or lubricant additive product and selecting the appropriate GES – provides additional background and guidance to help you follow the GES Process Flow Charts (right).

Graphical step-by-step process for application and maintenance of the GES. This document should be used in conjunction with the guidance document above.

Supporting information needed to apply the process (document numbers are consistent with those referenced in Document 0)

Use this document to map the applications of your products to the ATIEL/ATC Use Groups.

This document provides a description of the Use Groups and associated Use Descriptors, along with the typical operational conditions and risk management measures.

GES by Use Group, the content of which should be appended to the safety data sheet of relevant lubricant mixtures.

GES by Use Group, the content of which should be appended to the safety data sheet of relevant lubricant mixtures.

Table listing Environmentally Classified Substances with links to a code which can be used to look up values in the Environmental GES Values Table (Document 7).

Table listing values for the relevant parameters for insertion into the Environmental section of the GES (e.g. Msafe).

Contains an explanation of the different fields of the Health section of the GES narratives

Contains an explanation of the different fields of the Environment section of the GES narratives.

This document supports Step 5 of the GES Process Flow Charts dealing with the questions: “Does the Raw Material Exposure Scenario specify equally/less stringent conditions of use than the allocated GES(s)?” and “Can scaling be applied to demonstrate that the allocated GES(s) are applicable?”