Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation dating from 18 December 2006. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. Its 849 pages took seven years to pass, and it has been described as the most complex legislation in the Union's history and the most important in 20 years. It is the strictest law to date regulating chemical substances and will affect industries throughout the world.REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade. The regulation also established the European Chemicals Agency, which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of REACH.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC, (RoHS 1), short for Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.
The RoHS 1 directive took effect on 1 July 2006, and is required to be enforced and became a law in each member state. This directive restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.

All GEDORE products comply with the requirements of reach and RoHS guidelines.

Information on lead in hand tools

Information according to REACH Regulation, Art. 33: some articles contains components with a lead content of more than 0.1%.

Lead is used in many automatic turning steels as an alloying element up to a proportion of 3%, but partly also in brass and aluminum alloys. Here are some examples of affected products that may contain lead (without claim to completeness!):

  • Standard parts (commodities) such as bolts, rollers, axles, screws, nuts, bushes, rivets and similar components such as for pliers, scissors and similar tools,
  • Tool shanks, e. g. for milling, grinding and screwing and brushing tools,
  • Jack-Screws spindles, e. g. of clamping tools,
  • Turning machined striking tools and assembly tools for screws and nuts and
  • Parts of measuring instruments.

These are usually smaller parts of tools, which consist mainly of non-lead-containing tool or carbon steel.

Corresponding studies have shown that skin contact with such materials is harmless.

However, following the inclusion of lead in the REACH candidate list, there is an obligation for manufacturers and distributors of such tools to inform their customers of the lead content. In the case of commercial customers, this information can be provided, for example, via order confirmation or delivery note. Private end users can obtain this information on request.

This formally necessary indication does not mean that, if used as intended, these tools pose risks. There are also no special precautions to be taken when using them.


For a list of all GEDORE products that contain lead in more than 0.1% by mass in components, see the linked PDF document (0.6 MB).

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