What Does For Professional Use Only Mean When Using Idustrial Paint

Posted in Product News and Information by Firwood on April 13rd 2016
When looking at products on the Firwood e commerce site some will be labelled 'For Professional Use only' as they contain substances that are hazardous to the environment and human health. Use of these products is restricted by law to industrial and trade users only. Those industrial paints and coatings should only be applied by users that have access to the necessary PPE to handle the product and have trained staff to use these potentially more hazardous products.

The principle legislation related to 'For Professional Use Only' products may be found within the REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006. Manufacturers of some chemicals have developed exposure scenarios which limit the use of their product to Professional Users only. These will always include products that have been found to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxins.

By law sales of products over the internet must abide by the 'The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (S12013:3134).As well ensuring that any products that are labelled 'For Professional Use Only' cannot be purchased by the general public we are obliged to provide the Safety Data Sheet either prior to or with the supply of the product.The Safety Data Sheet and Technical Data Sheet for all the products sold on our website can be downloaded from the 'Download' tab of each product. Customers that place an order online will be automatically sent a copy of the material safety data sheet on despatch of their first order.

To ensure that we comply with the legislation 'For hazardous products sold through the internet, advertisements must make full mention of the hazards' a copy of the product label and the Safety Data Sheet is available to view/download containing the necessary information with regards to the safe handling and use of the product.

The products in our range that fall under this category are currently :

  • Firwood 108 Two Pack Epoxy Pitch
  • Firwood 2550 Two Pack Water Borne Polyurethane Floor Seal
  • Firwood 2510 Water Borne Two Pack Polyurethane Sports Linemarker
This list will change from time to time as formulations are revised and should not imply that all other products supplied by Firwood are suitable for use by the general public.

When an order is placed for any of the items mentioned above we are obliged to distinguish whether the product has indeed been placed by a professional user or not.We will not process the order if we cannot determine for sure that the item is not being purchased by a member of the general public.You may be asked to provide a named company account including VAT number or legitimate certification or registration.

As the supplier of the product we are responsible for ensuring the following:

  • The phrase 'For Professional Use Only' is used and the product clearly labelled accordingly.
  • The Safety Data Sheet that is supplied with the product refers to 'For Professional Use Only'.
  • Ensure as much as is possible that end user for the product is in fact a professional user.
  • The end user must be made aware of the hazards and the appropriate risk management measures recommendations with regards to the safe use of the product and safe disposal of left over product is required.

As the recipient of the paint you are responsible for:

  • Ensuring as far as possible that any onward sale of the product is supplied to professional users only and provide an up-to-date SDS that refers to the product being 'For Professional Use Only.
  • The end user must be made aware of the hazards and the appropriate risk management measures recommendations with regards to the safe use of the product and safe disposal of left over product is required.
More information about legislation and the authorities can be found within the REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006.

Firwood – A Leading UK Manufacturer of Industrial Paints and Coatings

For more information about any of Firwood's products including the professional range of industrial paints please get in touch today by calling 01204 525231 or email websales@firwood.co.uk

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