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REACH Compliance

 Are you sure you're REACH Compliant?


For those working in the surface engineering industry, you will more than likely have heard about the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations.  This piece of legislation governs the manufacture, import and use of chemicals, ensuring their safe use throughout the supply chain. 

This legislation affects the whole of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the wider European Union (EU).  So if your company is involved in surface engineering in the UK, and you use chemicals manufactured or imported into the EU as a substance on their own, in a mixture of substances, or produced during processes, in quantities of one tonne or more per year, then you will have to comply with REACH.

 

In November 2015, the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum (UKCSF) published updated guidance to raise awareness of the 2018 registration deadline for REACH.  This guidance document also sets out in detail about what you need to do to register chemicals that you use, whether in fact you need to register them, and any exemptions.  This guidance is available to download from the SEA website.  

 

The REACH Regulations will have a significant impact on many companies working in the surface engineering industry here in the UK.  The use of chemicals and substances in surface coating and finishing processes, such as cadmium and chromium, are covered under this legislation – the objectives of which are to improve the protection of human health and the environment.  In addition, amongst the recommended chemicals to be added to the list of substances this legislation covers, is boric acid which is widely used in our industry.

 

We understand that this legislation is lengthy and complicated and you may be unsure as to whether you need to comply.  We are available to help you in any way we can.  Please call us on 0121 237 1123 or email us at info@sea.org.uk to discuss any questions you may have about REACH.

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