I have now established that there is absolutely no trace of Cadmium and it is certainly not used in the Zinc electroplating plating process.
An investigation has been undertaken into the Zinc Electroplate finish on LOBO to address concerns on the safety of the product. Questions had been raised on the similarity to Cadmium plating.
Cadmium in Europe is, virtually, a banned substance and only allowed in some nuclear and oil rig situations, as it is extremely carcinogenic.
Zinc plating is not the same as Nickel or Cadmium plating , but sometimes there is confusion between the processes.
The finish to the LOBO Systems is completely inert in the same way as a chrome finish is. Our system is used extensively at Rolls Royce UK ( 14 different locations) and if there was a problem we would have heard about it by now.
Rolls Royce UK was one of my first customers going back 10 years.
We provide LOBO to NASA, Airbus, Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing and L3 and ATK and also many food companies, for example, Heinz, Kelloggs, ADM, Anheuser Busch and MillerCoors.
Therefore I think we can safely say the product finish is more than satisfactory.
I would also like to clarify the situation regarding the electroplate finish used on the LOBO System.
We decided to use the electroplate process to finish the product for a number of reasons;
It gives the product a distinctive finish that sets it part from any other access equipment,
and as it is only 8 microns thick, allows the clamps to function properly.
To apply this finish, the product is required to be chemically clean, this means we have a known status to start with.
The process strips out all the grease and dirt created by the manufacturing process and also removes any oxidization.
The product is dipped so we know that the tubing is clean inside as well as on the outside.
We know that when the product leaves our warehouse it is clean, free from grease and can be handled without any contamination issues.
It may of course require a wipe to freshen it up, but any dirt would be superficial and can easily removed.
For the customers in the Nuclear Industry we wipe and then seal the components with a decontaminate prior to shipping.
What attracted us to the electroplating process was that it was not a paint process, for example powder coating and therefore does not come off under normal conditions.
A very strong acid could remove the electroplate from the product, but part from this, Zinc electroplate finish is ideal for our application and for our product, providing a tactile and corrision resistantant end product.