2. 3. 3. Limits for heavy metals

description relevant product categories 


A number of heavy metals are toxic even in small concentrations (e.g. arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury). These heavy metals are not degradable and may accumulate in the food chain.


Heavy metals may be found in paints and coatings, especially as pigments or siccatives (drying agents). Heavy metal in flooring may be released as a result of abrasion.

minimum requirement

Coatings must be free from compounds that contain arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium (VI) or mercury.

Any impurities must not exceed the following thresholds:

Safety data sheet as amended by Regulation (EU) No 453/2010, and manufacturer's declaration.

All products awarded one of the following eco labels meet these criteria:


Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).


baubook green procurement
Harmonised “EcoBuildingCriteria” provided by “ÖkoKauf Wien” and “service package sustainable construction in Vorarlberg”