REACH: European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Raises Company Awareness

January 25, 2013

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in partnership with the industriALL-European Trade Union, have begun an information campaign to call attention to the obligations companies in the European Union have under REACH, the EU's regulation on chemicals.

Companies who manufacture or import chemicals in quantities greater than 100 tons per year are required to register them by May 31, 2013, as well as having companies who use hazardous substances register under REACH. Since many European firms are not aware of REACH's obligations, they may be penalized by national enforcement authorities if they do not fully register on time. As such, the ETUC and industriAll Europe have prepared two information documents addressed to employers, with the help of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

The first document is a checklist on the actions needed to be taken by import companies and those who produce or use chemicals in order to ensure EU legislation compliance. The second document pertains to the steps companies using hazardous substances need to take in order to guarantee safe use. According to the ETUC and industriALL Europe, the effective implementation of REACH will help guarantee better protection for workers and consumers, as well as protect the environment. In addition, the regulations outlined by REACH will also help advance the European chemical industry on an international scale.

Further information on the two information leaflets on REACH regarding worker safety can be found on the ETUC website () and the industriALL Europe website ().

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