EHEDG Working Group Lubricants - H1 exclusively recommended

EHEDG clearly promotes the use of H1 lubricants in food production (see EHEDG Doc. 23, Part 1).


There are many cases where operators knowingly or unknowingly use H2 lubricants for production sites in which H1 lubricants are required – either for economic reasons or by simply misunderstanding the use of H1 in comparison to H2. Inadequate application is to be eliminated by user training and by raising the awareness in general. The similarity of the names H1 and H2 might lead to confusion and does not highlight the major differences which will inevitably lead to mistakes in the use of the lubricants. H1 is meant for incidental contact with food while H2 is expressly not allowed. EHEDG hereby declares that H2 lubricants are NOT safe for use in food production equipment because they might be toxic!

EHEDG would welcome a concerted action of the lubricants industry by combining its efforts in order to raise the awareness of food safety as a signal towards the market and politics and by promoting a clear and undisputed policy regarding 'food grade lubricants'.

Food Grade Lubricants - ELGI Position Paper

Aiming to harmonize its documents with ELGI (the European Lubricating Grease Institute), EHEDG recommends a position paper which is available for free download from this link.

For additional information please contact Piet Steenaard (Chairman of the EHEDG Working Group Lubricants) or André Adam (Chairman of the ELGI group food grade Lubricants).

The EHEDG Working Group on Lubricants has been restarted in 2016 under chairmanship of André Adam for an update of EHEDG Doc. 23 Part 1 and 2. 

If interested to contribute to the good work, please contact