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2016 record year for SATRA’s chemistry team

Highest ever revenue

13th March 2017

Building on the growth of previous years, the chemistry team at SATRA had its highest ever revenue in 2016 with turnover almost doubled over the past five years.

The Chemical and Analytical Technology group carries out all of SATRA’s chemical analysis to support the many product sectors that SATRA serves, including footwear, furniture, toys and personal protective equipment. A sizeable portion of the chemistry team’s business is testing in accordance with restricted substances legislation. Within Europe, this is mainly driven by REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) and the innocuousness requirements for PPE as part of the certification requirements through SATRA’s Notified Body activities. SATRA is also accredited to the US CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2008).

A specialist area that has seen major growth is with the assessment of industrial, examination and surgical gloves to determine their level of protection against hazardous chemicals. SATRA can test to the requirements in EN ISO 374-1:2016 so gloves can be certified against this newly published standard. This involves a new requirement to test the degradation of gloves in accordance with EN 374-4:2013 and permeation testing to EN 16523-1:2015. A new area of permeation testing for SATRA in 2016 was testing against chemotherapy drugs to ASTM D6978. Due to the very low detection limits required, SATRA is one of the few laboratories in Europe that can offer this testing service.