REACH

The main focus of the EU chemicals legislation REACH, which came into force on 1 June 2007, is on the theme of chemical safety. Its purpose is the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. All companies within the supply chain (chemicals manufacturers, importers, dealers, formulators, industrial processors, trades people) of the EU are affected to a different degree by REACH.

REACH and Weserland

Weserland uses bought chemicals to produce preparations. As a manufacturer of preparations we are, from the point of view of the REACH legislation, a “downstream user”.

The next REACH milestones are:

01.06.2018

End of the registration period for substances > 1 t/a*

Annotations:

*

The amount that is produced or imported per year

Implementation of REACH – Weserland is on schedule

Weserland has checked whether the bought chemicals are preregistered with the European Chemicals Agency. A part of our products is covered by the REACH special regulation for polymers. Furthermore, we check the safety data sheets of the bought chemicals to see how much information they contain with regard to our applications and the areas of application in which our customers’ will use the manufactured compounds.

Communication as a key element of REACH

As well as holding active dialogue with our suppliers, we also keep our customers informed. Product information is promptly sent to the customer. Our product safety data sheets contain information of the risks associated with the products as well as suitable measures that should be implemented in order to protect people and the environment.

CLP / GHS Realization at Weserland
Weserland GmbH products are gradually undergoing classification and labelling according to the CLP regulation. The "Globally-Harmonised System" (GHS) for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures is a uniform system based on a set of generally uniform global criteria that replaces the regulations applicable in Europe for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. Implementation of CLP is a two-stage process and will be complete for substances by December 2010 and complete for mixtures by June 2015. Safety data sheets are also being changed as a result of CLP. The key changes here are: -

  • Section 1 (identification of the substance or the mixture and of the company) This section may also include a list of applications that are advised against, together with identified permitted applications.
  • Section 2 (possible hazards) This section will utilise the new GHS pictograms, keywords, danger and safety warnings for the labelling of substances and mixtures. In addition, results of PBT* and vPvB* evaluations will also be given.
  • Section 3 (composition / information on ingredients) Details will change here only for mixtures. Dangerous ingredients will now also be listed using the GHS labelling and the EU* labelling.
  • Chapter 15 (regulations) The definitive EU labelling will be finalized by June 2015.

 

A CLP safety data sheet will be sent to all customers automatically if the labelling according to CLP differs significantly from the EU labelling. Please understand that these changes are not based on alterations made to our products or on new information gained concerning our products, but stem from altered threshold limit values for the grading and labelling of substances and from concentration thresholds for mixtures.
Changes to labelling may have unrelated repercussions, not only affecting the requisite exposure controls and personal protective equipment, but also affecting the proper handling and storage of our products. We ask you to appreciate the fact that "mixed deliveries" may occur in the transition period: in such cases, our products – as a result of the clearance of warehouse stocks – will be supplied with both new and old labelling.

Further information about CLP can be found in the following leaflet from the European Chemicals Agency: http://echa.europa.eu/doc/clp/clp_leaflet_de.pdf .

Abbreviations:

CLP Classification, Labbeling and Packaging  
EG European Community  
EU European Union  
GHS Globally Harmonized System  
PBT Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic  
vPvB Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulative  
REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances  

Further information about REACH from external sources is available from:
www.cefic.be (European Chemical Industry Council)
www.vci.de (German Chemical Industry Council)
REACH in German:
www.reach-info.de (Federal Environmental Agency)
www.reach.bdi.info (BDI REACH help desk)
www.reach-helpdesk.de (REACH Helpdesk of the Federal Authorities at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)