YKK has always made safety and quality top priorities and has been investing its resources to ensure that products manufactured by YKK meet all applicable standards. Below are descriptions of some of those key laws.
Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)
The CPSIA was signed into law in August 2008, amending the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act. The main objectives of the CPSIA are to (a) strengthen consumer product safety standards, (b) increase safety requirements for children’s products and (c) revitalize the Consumer Product Safety Commission. YKK does not make consumer products; however, its components are used in consumer products. Major requirements of the CPSIA impacting our customers’ products and YKK’s commitments are described below:
1) Lead content in surface coating and substrates
Lead content in products manufactured by YKK, except PROSEAL® airtight / watertight zippers and zippers with lead crystals/ rhinestones, does not exceed the lead content requirements of the CPSIA, as confirmed through internal testing.
Products manufactured by YKK, except PROSEAL® airtight / watertight fasteners and Rail Seal Fasteners with PVC materials, do not exceed CPSIA phthalate limitations, as confirmed through internal testing.
REACH ( Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals )
REACH is the European Community Regulation on Chemicals and their safe use, which deals with registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. Major requirements of the law that could be related to fastening products are listed below:
1) SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern)
None of the 174 substances listed in the candidate list of SVHC (as of July 2017) are found in YKK’s major products in a concentration more than 0.1% (w/w), except Rail Seal Fasteners with PVC materials, PROSEAL® airtight / watertight zippers, and flame retardant zippers with Conex® and Nomex® tape.
2) European Nickel Restriction (part of Annex XVII)
All YKK products indicated as “N-ANTI” meet the above mentioned nickel restriction. Metal zippers using nickel material, such as 3YN, 3MN, 4MN, 5RN, 5RNM etc., metal finishes using nickel material, such as NP, NS, HP etc.
3) European Azo colorants and Azo dyes Restriction (part of Annex XVII)
YKK products meet the above mentioned Azo colorants and Azo dyes restrictions.