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REACH 2018 – Call to action (Europe)

Posted by Tracy Seward


REACH 2018 – Call to action (Europe)

The REACH Regulation requires companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances into the EU, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein in quantities of one tonne or more per year to register them with ECHA. If the information on the hazardous properties of the chemical is unavailable, it should be generated and safety data sheets should be updated if needed.

Are you ready?

The last registration deadline is on 31 May 2018 and it impacts companies manufacturing or importing existing substances in volumes between 1 and 100 tonnes per year. Registration concerns chemical substances as such, in mixtures or, in specific cases, in articles.
You should start preparing for the REACH 2018 registration deadline now by analysing the company’s portfolio from the REACH 2018 perspective and making a plan for managing the 2018 registrations.

What are the duties of the employer?

If your company has to register substances by the last registration deadline of 31 May 2018 the employer has to:

  • gather all available information about the properties of the substance
  • Share it with other manufacturers and importers of the same substance
  • determine with them if they as co-registrants have all information needed for registration
  • if not, fill in the gaps together; and document this in a registration dossier.

In addition, if the volume manufactured or imported is at or above 10 tonnes per year, the employer also has to:

  • use the information collected to assess the risks for workers’ and consumers’ health, as well as for the environment
  • identify the necessary risk management measures to ensure the safe use of the substance by the company and by its customers.

In all cases, the employer must:

  • submit a registration dossier to the European Chemicals Agency. The majority of the information has to be submitted jointly with other companies registering the same substance
  • update safety data sheets for your users if warranted by information generated for registration.

If your company is using chemicals in the workplace, check whether:

  • the chemical substances you use have been registered or are intended to be registered by your suppliers by 2018
  • your uses are covered by up-to-date safety data sheets
  • the risk management measures as described in the safety data sheets and exposure scenarios are implemented to ensure the safe use of the chemical.

For more information on the Hazardous Substances eLearning course, please click here.

Praxis42 news in provided in partnership with Barbour EHS EU-OSHA September 2015

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