Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

Do you provide any leather training courses?

We provide both online and in-house technical courses and webinars on leather training. Other topics include chemical compliance and management, sustainability, microplastics, mould management, and vegan verification. Our online courses can be accessed anywhere, anytime and stop and start whenever you like. A certificate is given once each course is completed.

Find out more on our Training and Events webpage

 

I need a flammability test on my mattress product?

Eurofins | BLC is accredited to test consumer products for flammability such as mattresses, small carpets, rugs and furniture.

Furniture flammability testing is carried out on outer covers (leather and textile), foams (slab, crumb and latex) and fillings (including non-foam), non-visible covers, and interliners.

Eurofins | BLC can also perform both UK and European cigarette and match testing to outer covers. Non-domestic furniture can also be tested for flammability.

Find out more on our Flammability Testing webpage

 

Why carry out wet blue testing?

While most testing is often carried out on finished products, many brands and retailers often carry out testing on materials during manufacture. By conducting wet blue testing, the hide is tested at a much earlier stage in the production process. Therefore, any potential contaminants or additives can be identified earlier and a solution created before the finished hide reaches the product manufacturing stage.

Access our Wet Blue webpage to find out more.

 

Why am I getting mould on my textile product?

Mould can easily grow on leather and textile products, and usually manifests itself after prolonged storage or shipping.

In most cases, mould is caused by more than one factor, mainly due to product handling and management failures at multiple points in the supply chain.

The damage caused to the product by mould can be substantial and with some moulds toxic to humans, it is often necessary to destroy the contaminated product.

Find out more in our Mould Contamination webpage

 

Where can I find cost effective chemical compliance testing?

Eurofins | BLC can provide fast, accurate, competitive, chemical testing of materials in the UK to specified MRSL and RSL lists.

Our recommended smart chemical testing system uses a simple model to manage risk and includes type tests for new suppliers, regular batch testing for existing suppliers and additional random chemical assessments to monitor process variations. 

Read more on our RSL Testing - Restricted Substance List Testing webpage

 

How do I check if there is nickel in my jewellery?

To ensure a high standard of product quality, at Eurofins | BLC, we advise all hardware and jewellery items to be tested as part of your due diligence process. As with all materials, hardware and jewellery should be specified for a particular end use and tested to ensure that it performs and is essential when manufacturing and retailing metal products to the global market place.

Depending on the type of metal product, a series of hardware and jewellery tests are required to ensure that products are safe, fit for purpose and compliant with legislation. 

Find out more access our Hardware and Jewellery Testing webpage

 

Can you help me with my footwear faults?

At Eurofins | BLC we regularly see a range of footwear related problems.

Common examples are:

  • Heel fatigue
  • Slip and fall issues
  • Cracking leather or synthetics
  • Colour transfer between materials 
  • Footwear construction failures, such as sole bond etc.

These issues can result in legal claims, commercial right downs, unsold stock and hours of internal man hours lost in trouble shooting.

Read more on our Footwear Faults webpage

 

How do I reduce the risk of Chrome VI in my leather?

Eurofins | BLC offers a chrome VI auditing service to assess and advise leather manufacturers, and to reduce the risk of chrome VI formation in finished leather products.

A chrome VI audit involves a detailed on-site assessment of the processes and chemistries by an experienced leather technologist.

Read more on our Chrome VI Support Service webpage

 

How do I verify my material is leather?

In order to correctly advertise and market your products as 'genuine leather', it is advised to verify your leather. At Eurofins | BLC, we verify your products to ensure the leather used is in accordance with BS 2780: 1983+A1:2013.

Eurofins | BLC has 100 years’ experience in the leather industry so who better to verify your leather than the leather experts?

Find out more on our Leather Verification webpage

 

How do I test if there are any chemicals listed in the ZDHC MRSL in my product?

MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substance List) testing packages are available from Eurofins | BLC that analyse chemical formations in accordance with ZDHC MRSL or customer specific MRSLs. 

Analysing chemical formulations through Eurofins | BLC MRSL testing services not only supports chemical compliance, but also drives responsible chemical management in your business.

Read more on our MRSL Testing Services webpage

15 April 2021

Latest News

8 New Hazardous Substances... Questions & Answers

The Candidate List has been updated to 219 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC): Are all your products compliant?...

8 July 2021
New guidance from the CMA... Questions & Answers

In May this year the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK set out draft guidance on how organisations should...

23 June 2021
Watch out for harmful... Questions & Answers

It is estimated that 5 million people in Europe are already sensitised to chemicals present in finished textile and leather...

21 June 2021
Why Leather should be... Questions & Answers

Creating leather is one of the oldest manufacturing process and a fundamental building block of developing economies,...

14 June 2021
Chemicals in cloth face masks Questions & Answers

Be aware retailers, cloth face masks should be chemically tested to ensure harmful chemicals are not...

3 June 2021
Changes to the Flammability... Questions & Answers

Flammability Testing in accordance with SI. No. 316/1995 (Industrial Research and Standards (Fire Safety)(Domestic...

27 May 2021

Send An Enquiry

Contact Eurofins | BLC to discuss your enquiry with friendly and helpful experts and to get a quotation. For Eurofins | BLC to receive your enquiry, you must complete all 3 sections of the contact form below. To receive the Technical Update email, you simply need to complete this form. Eurofins | BLC aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours Monday to Friday.

  • Step 1 Tell us about your enquiry
  • Step 2 Tell us about your business
  • Step 3 Tell us how we can contact you

Select your enquiry category








Type your enquiry

Tell us about your business

Tell us how we can contact you