2018 April - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The European Commission has made changes to the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive with the aim to strengthen Personal Privacy Rights. This new set of regulations is known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will affect all organisations which need to be compliant when it comes into force on 25th May 2018. (The UK Government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the implementation of GDPR) The current EU Data Protection Directive has been adopted by each country in its own way, leading to different interpretations and enforcements. Given the vast technology changes, the daily use of the internet and social media, the GDPR has been created to address the exploitation of personal data. European organisations must ensure that any companies they work with, where processing of personal data is involved, comply with GDPR, regardless of the location of that third party. ABSSAC is committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have always had a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the data protection principles. Our GDPR Policy can be read here
2017 November - ABSSAC LTD ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY UYPDATE
Our Mission Statement - Abssac recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with annual review points. We will encourage customers and suppliers to do the same. The Managing Director, is responsible for ensuring that the environmental policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.
Our policy is to
- Wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice.
- Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible.
- Recycling bins are provided throughout the offices and warehouse.
- Minimise energy and water usage in our buildings and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable.
- We will favour “green” vehicles for all employees that have company vehicles.
- As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.
- Ensure that all employees understand our environmental policy and conform to the high standards it requires.
- Address complaints about any breach of our Environmental Policy promptly and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
- Update our Environmental Policy annually in consultation with staff, associates and customers.
2017 May - ABSSAC gains accreditation to the new version of ISO, being ISO9001:2015
2017 June Health & Safety Review
A review of the current Health & Safety policy has taken place and a revised document will be in place by the end of November 2017.
2017 Jan HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT Completed
2017 Jan - I.T.A.R International Traffic in Arms Regulation
ABSSAC is compliant with all applicable U.S. export control laws and regulations. This compliance includes the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), which encompasses the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR). All products supplied by Abssac Limited have been identified to meet the ITAR directive.
2016 - Conflict Materials Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act 2016
As a part of the U.S. Government's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, signed into law in July 2010, Section 1502 requires companies within the UN to ensure the raw materials they use to make their products are not tied to the conflict in Congo, by auditing the mineral supply chains. ABSSAC is a UK based company and has investigated its obligation to this reform by letter to its suppliers. At this time it can be assured that ABSSAC products comply with this reform and is also worth mentioning that many cases the products supplied do not contain the minerals in question, such as Coltan / Tantalum. (Coltan is short for Columbite-tantalite). Gold. Tin / Cassiterite and Tungsten. Our investigation into the matter is deemed appropriate to conform to the ACT. For further information on the important measure please see - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/conflict-minerals . All products supplied by Abssac Limited have been identified to meet the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act directive.
2016 - R.E.A.C.H Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals 2016
We can reassure you that the substances we supply will be registered if required. In some cases we are to be termed a downstream user, but under the 1 tonne import limit. On contacting DEFRA, we can confirm that in all cases the parts supplied are finished articles and are not chemicals in their raw state. The processes used to manufacturer these parts concur with all R.E.A.C.H regulation requirements. The products we supply do not contain CMR's, PBT's or vPvBs therefore we do not anticipate having to develop exposure scenarios. At this stage we can reassure you that the products we supply will not be subject to a risk of reformulation withdrawal from the market. We also have sufficient information regarding registration to REACH registration if required. For further information please see - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-comply-with-reach-chemical-regulations . Currently the products supplied by Abssac Limited meet the REACH directive.
2016 - R.o.H.S Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances 2016
We are committed to conforming to all relevant legislation in the countries where its products are sold. The European Union (EU) RoHS (Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances) Directive stipulates that products sold in the EU must not contain any of the following substances above the specified threshold levels: > 0.1% (1000 ppm.
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) > 0.01% (100 ppm)
- Cadmium (Cd).
Currently the products supplied by Abssac Limited meet the RoHS directive.
2016 - Foreign Corrupt Practises ACT 2016
Abssac complies with the “FCPA” and the applicable laws of other countries that prohibit bribery and other corrupt practices (collectively, “Anti-Bribery Laws”). Abssac hereby warrants that it is familiar with the requirements of the Anti-Bribery Laws and will conduct all actions on behalf of the company in accordance with the Anti-Bribery Laws. Abssac further represents and warrants that no money will be paid any Agent as compensation or otherwise has been or will be used to pay any bribe or kickback in violation of the Anti-Bribery Laws.