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Shirley Technologies Ltd

Unit 11, Westpoint Enterprise Park, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, M171QS Manchester
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

This company is co-exhibitor of
BTTG® Ltd.

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A+A 2019 hall map (Hall 3): stand H50

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A+A 2019 fairground map: Hall 3

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Safety at work
  • 01.07  Services and consultancies
  • 01.07.05  Safety audit and certification

Our products

Product category: Safety audit and certification

OEKO-TEX® Certification

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Standard 100

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products, from fibres through to finished garments, home textiles and including accessories such as labels, threads and buttons used on finished products. Examples of items eligible for certification include; raw and dyed yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, home textiles, garments, carpets, rugs and foam product.

The testing carried out under STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® includes a range of substances, some of which are banned by law, others regulated by law, some which are known to be harmful to health and others which are less harmful but are still included to safeguard health. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® aims to go beyond existing national and international requirements and as such is continually updated and improved. OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances is always based on the intended use of the textile. The more a product comes in to contact with the skin then the stricter the human ecological requirements it must fulfill.

There are four product classes; 

Class I which covers all products for babies and infants up to 3 years of age.
Class II which covers all other direct skin contact textiles such as shirts, trousers, underwear and bed linen.
Class III which includes outerwear such as jackets and coats.
Class IV which is for furnishing materials such as curtains, upholstery and floor coverings.
The prerequisite for certification of textile products to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is that all components of a product complies with the required criteria without exception.

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Product category: Safety audit and certification

REACH SVHC Certification

What is REACH?
REACH is an EU Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
REACH replaces numerous EU Directives related to chemicals and is complementary to other environmental and safety legislation but it will not replace sector specific legislation.

What are substances of very high concern (SVHC)?
These are substances that may have potentially very serious and often irreversible effects on humans and the environment.

What is the REACH SVHC candidate list?
This is a list of SVHC that have been identified and are to be considered for authorisation by REACH. If subsequently these substances are authorised then a company will have 42-48 months to replace the substance with an alternative. However, there are some exceptions; for example, if replacement would have very serious social economic impact. By and large the best option is to explore alternatives.

What are my obligations?
REACH is a European community regulation that directly applies in all member states of the European Union.  

If you are an EU based company then it is your responsibility to ensure any textile products, including chemicals used in their manufacture, whether they have been produced outside or within the EU, have been evaluated to ensure they are REACH compliant.

If you are a textile company based outside of the European Union then you are obliged to inform your buyers, which are EU based, on the status of SVHC within products/chemicals that are supplied to them.

By not supplying this information to your buyers you will be at a serious disadvantage to your competitors and this could potentially lead to your EU customers sourcing products from a REACH compliant supplier.  
What is Shirley Technologies' REACH SVHC certification scheme?
Being an accredited ISO 17025 laboratory, with many years experience carrying out ecological testing on textile and related products we have the expertise to be able to assist textile companies and companies supplying chemicals used in textiles, e.g. detergents, pigments, dyes, plastisols, in determining whether the products they are producing contain SVHC and if they do at what levels.

Our scheme has been designed to facilitate you in advising your customers that you have had an independent third party formal assessment performed to ensure that the products you are supplying to them are REACH compliant.

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Product category: Safety audit and certification

Microbiological Testing Services

Shirley® offers a wide range of microbiological testing to recognised global standards for textile and polymeric products. Shirley® are involved in microbiological testing at all stages of product development and are committed to the specialist needs of clients in terms of research and development and technical support.

The Shirley® laboratory has UKAS accreditation for a large proportion of our microbiological tests so clients can be assured of the high quality required for work of this technical nature.

Shirley® offer tests to assess the efficacy and durability of antibacterial textiles and polymeric products treated with antibacterial finishes or that have inherent antibacterial properties. Products tested range from household textiles, intimate apparel, sportswear, bedding, carpets, plastics and rubber products.

Testing methods comprise of:

  • Qualitative visual assessment establishing the presence of an antibacterial function. 
  • Quantitative assessment to measure the effectiveness of the antibacterial product.
Microfungi can cause deterioration of a product in terms of performance loss, structure degradation and loss of appearance and aesthetics. Shirley®’s testing facilities offer various evaluation methods of the effect of microfungi on textiles and polymeric products. Products tested range from household textiles, leather, plastic or rubber products, sandbags, tents, tarpaulins, shoe linings, carpets, geotextiles and electrical components.

Assessment can be a combination of visual assessment, zone measurement and tensile strength measurements. Testing methods comprise of:

  • Mildew and Rot susceptibility 
  • Soil burial testing 
  • Antifungal activity of hygienic finishes
Shirley® offer tests to assess textiles used in medical applications such as surgical gowns and drapes in areas such as:

  • Resistance of protective clothing to penetration of blood-borne pathogens 
  • Resistance of wet bacterial penetration 
  • Resistance of dry bacterial penetration
Shirley® offer tests to assess the cfu (colony forming units) of microorganisms on products and perform sterility testing. Standard test methods include BS EN 1174 and BS EN ISO 11737-1.

Shirley® offer tests to quantify cleanliness of filling, stuffing and wadding materials including cellulosic and synthetic materials, feathers and down. Applications include bedding, upholstery and soft furnishings.

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