East Setauket, NY (PRWEB) April 19, 2007
ICS Penetron International Ltd., a leading manufacturer of integral crystalline waterproofing products, announces the receipt of the BASTA registration.
According to a survey made by the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate there are over 3,000 chemical substances in construction products. Approximately 35% of the chemical products used by the construction industry contain hazardous substances that cause cancer, are mutagenic or toxic to reproduction or accumulate in our bodies. The large volumes of materials plus the long life span of buildings, increases the impact of these products on our health and environment. By avoiding the use of such substances during the construction process, there is less likely to be dangers to the construction workers, the environment and ultimately to the people who will live and work in these buildings.
In 2003, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute joined forces with notable construction industry leaders, NCC, Skanska, JM and Peab to form the BASTA system as a way to identify and eliminate the use of these highly toxic and dangerous chemical substances from construction products.
In the near future, the BASTA system will become an integral part of the European Union Chemicals registration system, REACH. This coming system of registration will require that the building sectors of all EU countries will have to register its building products chemicals to meet the same demands that Penetron has already met under the BASTA system.
"Penetron is pleased to be registered under the BASTA initiative as it is in keeping with our one of our core goals of providing products that are not only the best performing in their class but that are also safe to both humans and the environment alike," said Robert Revera, CEO of ICS Penetron International Ltd. "This registration underlines our health and environmental responsibilities and our preparedness to meet the coming EU Chemicals legislation, REACH."