REACh is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
REACh has several aims:
REACh applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article).
Some substances are specifically excluded:
Some substances, covered by more specific legislation, have tailored provisions, including:
The main obligations
|Who must assess risk?||The employer||The manufacturer or importer, mostly|
|What substances?||Hazardous to health, including those arising from processes and germs||Manufactured or imported in quantities of 10 or more tonnes per year in the EU|
|What duty?||Control exposure in all uses by site and process-specific measures||Develop exposure scenarios and identify ‘Risk Management Measures' for named tasks and procedures|
For further information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/reach/whatisreach.htm
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Other sources of information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eutr2013/index_en.htm