Standards and Certifications
Since 2001, Tompkins Industries has been certified with ISO 9001:2008 certification.
About ISO 9001: 2008
Tompkins Industries has ISO 9001:2008 certification. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established ISO 9001:2008 as a family of standards that state generic requirements for instituting a company's quality management system. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 147 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO standards adopted by this non-governmental organization are universally recognized and accepted. ISO 9001:2008 certification is voluntarily pursued by companies, such as Tompkins, desiring to continually improve their quality. ANAB Accreditation The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is the U.S. accreditation body for management systems. ANAB accredits certification bodies (CBs) for ISO 9001 quality management systems (QMS).
Perry Johnson Registrars
Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. provides independent, 3rd-party quality system audits to the quality and environmental management systems of ISO 9001.
OSHA and RoHS Compliance
Tompkins strives to adhere to all relevant NIOSHA and RoHS standards.
Tompkins phased in trivalent chromate plating, beginning in Fall 2006 in order to stay compliant with the European Union (RoHS) restrictions on the use of certain substances as well the documented recognition of hazards in handling hexavalent chromium by NIOSH. The substance of concern is hexavalent chrome used in zinc plating.
After January 2007, all parts shipped from our manufacturing facilities had trivalent chromate. Tompkins did not increase prices for trivalent chromate, and it did not require any change in assembly procedures or torque values. We have seen, in fact, improved corrosion resistance.
You can read the official press releases from 2006 concerning the changes in plating:
About NIOSHA and RoHS
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) has banned the release on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than the allowed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants as of July 1, 2006.
California Proposition 65
Tompkins Industries is providing Prop 65 warning labels to any brass items for California destination shipments to inform the consumer that the product may contain chemicals on the State of California’s Prop 65 list.
As the majority of Tompkins Industries products are used for hydraulic applications it is best to inquire prior to use in drinking water applications if this is the best product for the job or if another option exists.
What is California Proposition 65?
In 1986, California approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 920 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), also evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.
Why does Tompkins Industries include this warning on our brass products?
We are providing Prop 65 warning labels to inform consumers that the product contains chemicals on the State of California’s Prop 65 list. The label simply ensures that Tompkins Industries is in compliance with the State of California’s Prop 65 law for warning label requirements.