Surface Engineering Legislation


Like all industries across the UK and Europe, the surface engineering sector has a variety of regulations, standards and legislation that has to be complied with.  Whether Government or industry-driven, they all have a large impact on the way businesses working within the surface engineering and heat treatment sector operate.

The SEA is committed to helping members understand and comply with new legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as representing the industry on the various committees and working groups where they are drawn up.


The legislation and regulations can be broken down into three main areas:


Legislation that focuses on environmental concerns significantly impacts the surface engineering industry.  The SEA’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee focuses on the various issues and requirements placed upon our industry.


  • REACH – the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Directive was introduced to reduce the use of, as well as the risk of, certain chemicals which are proven to be a hazard to human health and the environment. Chemicals including Hexavalent Chromium and Trichloroethylene which are used in the surface engineering and finishing industry are included within this Directive.  The SEA is committed to keeping its members up to date on any changes to REACH and providing information on how to comply.  For more information on REACH, click here

Health & Safety

The SEA’s membership covers a large and diverse industry where a number of potential health issues that could affect employees of surface engineering companies have been highlighted, such as ill-health and injuries. These include occupational and work-related asthma, dermatitis, musculoskeletal sprains and strains, slips, trips, and contact with harmful substances.   The SEA are able to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of Health and Safety issues, as well as being able to offer guidance on how to comply with health and safety regulations.

Climate Change

The Climate Change Agreement (CCA), is a package of measures introduced by the UK Government which aims to encourage businesses in the UK across all industries to save energy and reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.  Under the CCA, businesses are required to meet targets for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in return for a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) added to energy and fuel bills.

How to join the Surface Engineering Association:

If you are involved in the surface engineering industry in any way, it pays to become a member of the SEA.  Not only for the benefits described above, but also to be involved in shaping the future of the industry.

For more information on membership, please call 0121 237 1123, or email us at

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