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The Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) (No. 2) Regulations 1993

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Restrictions on use of cadmium in pigments and marketing of products coloured with cadmium

2.—(1) No person shall on or after 31st July 1993 use cadmium to give colour to finished products manufactured from any of the following substances—

(a)polyvinyl chloride (PVC) CN code numbers 3904 10, 3904 21 and 3904 22,

(b)polyurethane (PUR) CN code number 3909 50,

(c)low-density polyethylene (ld PE) CN code number 3901 10, with the exception of low-density polyethylene used for the production of coloured masterbatch,

(d)cellulose acetate (CA) CN code numbers 3912 11 and 3912 12,

(e)cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) CN code numbers 3912 11 and 3912 12,

(f)epoxy resins CN code number 3907 30.

(2) No person shall on or after 31st December 1995 use cadmium to give colour to—

(a)finished products manufactured from any of the following substances—

(i)melamine — formaldehyde (MF) resins CN code number 3909 20,

(ii)urea — formaldehyde (UF) resins CN code number 3909 10,

(iii)unsaturated polyesters (UP) CN code number 3907 91,

(iv)polyethylene terephthalate (PET) CN code number 3907 60,

(v)polybutylene terephthalate (PBT),

(vi)transparent/general purpose polystyrene CN code numbers 3903 11 and 3903 19,

(vii)acrylonitrile methylmethacrylate (AMMA),

(viii)cross-linked polyethylene (VPE),

(ix)high-impact polystyrene,

(x)polypropylene (PP) CN code number 3902 10, or

(b)paints CN code numbers 3208 and 3209.

(3) No person shall—

(a)on or after 31st July 1993 place on the market finished products or components of products manufactured from any of the substances specified in paragraph (1)(a) to (f) above which have been coloured with cadmium, or

(b)on or after 31st December 1995 place on the market finished products or components of products manufactured from any of the substances specified in paragraph (2)(a) above which have been coloured with cadmium,

if their cadmium content (expressed as Cd metal) exceeds 0.01 per cent by mass of the plastic material.

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