Media discussions about perfluoroctanesulphonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorinated surfactants (PFTs) in connection with textile finishes have been generalised. The impregnation of textiles for the purpose of making them water and oil-repellent has, by mistake, been named to be the source of the compounds mentioned.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifies finished textiles, if none of the substances listed exceed the indicated limits. Rudolf GmbH evaluates whether the values of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 can be adhered to if its products are properly used.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) stipulates worldwide binding requirements to be adhered to by the individual members of the textile production chain. Thus, even the properties of the textile auxiliaries used are stipulated in detail. Institutes authorised by GOTS check whether or not the individual products meet the requirements of the standard and issue a certificate with the respective products.
The GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM will standardise the classification and labelling of chemicals worldwide. On December 1st, 2010 the corresponding regulation for pure substances will come into force in the EU countries. As from June 1st, 2015, GHS will also be applicable for preparations, which will then fall into the class "mixtures". Since Rudolf customers purchase primarily preparations, the changeover for the RUDOLF GROUP will only take place in 2015.