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It has been made clear that it is very unlikely that the manufacturers and importers of Cadmium and Cadmium Oxide will apply for “whole supply chain” authorisation. Dave Elliott says “we suspect that a number of aerospace OEMs will make the application for authorisation, or they will ‘suggest’ that those within their supply chain do so”. Mr Elliott goes on to say, “Given the amount of Cadmium plating carried out in the UK, and the high costs of authorisation application, it does not make economic sense for an electroplating company, or group of electroplating companies to apply for authorisation”. It would therefore make more sense for the aerospace OEMs to apply for their supply chain as a whole, which if granted, would cover their suppliers using Cadmium. If the OEL and BLV does go ahead, electroplating companies would have to carry out regular personal air monitoring and enter a biological monitoring programme for Cadmium. This would increase costs further – so expect changes over the coming months, and prepare your customers for an increase in price. If you work with Cadmium, talk to us about the implications of this change on your business. If you are already a member of the SEA, then the benefits of membership are apparent, especially during periods of change – the association will keep you up to date with all of the latest legislative changes, and guide you through any alterations needed within your company. However, the European Commission is discussing new EU wide Cadmium change. It is also expected that the European Commission will finally issue an EU wide Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) and Biological Limit Value (BLV) for Cadmium over the next few months. If this happens, it is unlikely that Cadmium and its compounds will go forward for authorisation, as this will monitor and restrict the use of Cadmium to a satisfactory level. However, it’s important to remember that it has taken the European Commission at least 7 years to get this far, so there is no guarantee that this will progress any time soon, meaning REACH application requirements could still be on the horizon. If you are not already a member, please visit our website (www.sea.org.uk) to discover more benefi ts of membership. Alternatively, please email Michaella Mais (Michaella.Mais@Sea.org.uk) who will be happy to discuss how membership could benefi t you and your company. 19th & 20th September 2018, Hall 11, NEC, Birmingham twitter: @surfaceworldmag 2017 - 2018 189