Adjusting to Reach
The EU's chemical legislation Reach, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, came into force on 1 June 2007. Reach replaced the Swedish legislation in large parts of the chemicals area. The different parts of Reach are stepwise beginning to be applied and it is important for all who handle chemicals to gain knowledge on what the regulations contain and when the various parts of Reach begin to be applicable.
How you can adjust to Reach
- To start with it is a good idea to take an inventory and list all the substances that are being used and produced in the company. A proposal showing what a list of chemicals could look like is here.
- Ensure that all the safety data sheets are collected together and that they are up to date.
- If the company uses products that contain particularly hazardous chemical substances, i.e. carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and highly bio-accumulative (vPvB) – start to consider less hazardous alternatives already now. Substances with these properties are subject to authorisation, and there is a risk that their use may not be permitted in the future. There are also requirements that customers must be informed if articles contain more than 0.1% of a substance with these properties.
- Update existing investigation and assessment documentation. Add new information if it is available.
- Contact your trade organisation, they may have suitable information you can use.
By performing a search in PRIO for substances to be phased out, you can also get an idea of which substances may be listed on the Candidate List and may become liable for authorisation. The PRIO priority-setting guide shows how you can work to reduce the risks associated with chemical substances. Systematic work is a good way to adjust to and prepare for the different parts of Reach.
Read more about Reach.