OSM Shield Clean Chemistry
The Leaders in Clean Chemistry
Health, Safety, and Environmental Compliance are PRIORITY ONE
OSM Shield has two classifications of chemistries, based on customer’s needs: fluorinated, and non-fluorinated.
OSM Shield’s fluorinated chemistries are PFOA-free, PFOS-free, PFC-free, and passes all third-party toxicology screening.
OSM Shield’s non-fluorinated chemistries are also PFOA-free, PFOS-free, PFC-free, and are made from 63% renewably sourced materials - truly plant-based.
Clean Textile Production
The business of defining and quantifying clean chemistry as it pertains to the textile and apparel industry is a complicated undertaking. Qualified and respected groups such as Greenpeace, ZDHC, and the REACH dossier invest a full-time effort championing and policing this cause. Our job is to remain in compliance with the conservative standards set forth by these organizations.
Restricted Substance Lists (RSL’s) compiled by the aforementioned organizations are a primary tool in defining the substances of concern. OSM Shield has adopted what it believes to be the most conservative RSL in the industry and none of the identified substances are found in the OSM Shield chemistries or formulations.
Of specific concern by all, is the release of PFC’s into the environment at any point along the chemistry manufacturing process, textile production, or in the end product. There are between 34 and 38 PFC’s that have been identified and specifically referenced in the most conservative industry RSL’s. OSM Shield does not release PFC’s into the environment anywhere along the production cycle and has passed related third-party PFC toxicology screening for all the PFC’s of concern.
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The OSM Shield Fluoropolymer Chemistry is comprised of safe concentrations of carbon, fluorine, hydrogen, oxygen, and other compounds. Through precise synthesizing and manufacturing processes, OSM Shield is able to create a fluorinated chemistry free of measurable levels of PFC's.
The “Allowable Trace” for most PFC’s is 100 parts per million. Third party toxicology screening confirms that OSM Shield’s fluorinated chemistries are anywhere from 1,000, and in most instances, 10,000 times below the Allowable Trace. In other words, less than 10 parts per billion and undetectable. OSM Shield chemistry (both fluorinated and non-fluorinated) are compliant with all other requirements of the most stringent Restricted Substances Lists.
OSM Shield's health, safety, and environmental focus and compliance is at both the supply chain/manufacturing level and the end product.
All of the OSM Shield fluorinated and non-fluorinated chemistries are compliant under the REACH dossier to not have measurable levels of discharge of PFC during the synthesis or other manufacturing processes. The value is 25 ppb (parts per billion). OSM Shield is compliant.
The end products using OSM Shield non-fluorinated or fluorinated chemistries are compliant showing "Allowable Traces" of PFCs between 0 ppb (parts per billion) and 10 ppb, respectively, while the industry standards allow for 100 ppm (parts per million).