EEF has launched a unique package of guidance to help manufacturers struggling to understand and comply with the new EU Regulations on use of hazardous chemicals.
REACH is EU regulation that restricts the use of hazardous chemicals and is aimed at protecting human health and the environment. Many manufacturers will be affected by REACH, even if they do not use the substances directly as they may assemble or sell products that contain hazardous substances. REACH is expected to affect around 30,000 substances on the EU market.
Under the Regulations companies can find themselves at risk if they do not know about these products (as their ability to buy these products may be affected if they are taken off the European market) or they have an obligation to inform their customers of the presence of these substances.
To help companies understand and meet their obligations EEF has launched a special micro site which contains guidance for both manufacturers and downstream users, as well as an up to date listing of the substances covered.
EEF is also offering companies the opportunity to sign up to e-alerts that will keep them informed with the most up to date REACH information, such as latest changes or additions to Candidate Lists of Intended Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), which can affect your business continuity.
EEF experts also provide consultancy advice for those companies who are looking for more tailored advice
The micro-site can be found at www.eef.org.uk/reach, where companies can download the guidance document, sign up to the e-alert system or seek consultancy advice.
Commenting, EEF Senior Climate & Environment Adviser, Helen Drury, said:
“Many manufacturers might think REACH affects just the chemical industry. However they not only use many of the chemicals in processes and products but they are increasingly coming under pressure to find less hazardous substitutes for commonly used chemicals.
“Failure to comply with the regulations could result in significant penalties and this guidance should enable to them steer a clear path and meet their obligations and manage their business continuity risks.”