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REACH – What’s happening under this legislation?
As anyone working within the surface engineering and heat treatment sector will know, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulations have been big news for a number of years – but what’s happening now?
On the 31st May 2018 we reached a key milestone in this legislation, since this was the final deadline for the registration of phase-in substances manufactured, or imported into the EU, in quantities of between 1 and 100 tonnes per year.
As of 1st June 2018, any substance that has been pre-registered must now hold full registration if it continues to be manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per annum.
Substances used in the surface engineering and heat treatment sector, such as chromium and cadmium, are covered under this legislation. Therefore, if you use any of these chemicals, it is your supplier that needs to comply with registration requirements. If, however, the chemicals produced as a by-produce of your surface treatment processes exceed 1 tonne per annum, you will also need to comply with the REACH Regulations.
Need to know more?
The HSE recommends that “regardless of your role in the supply chain”, you should “find out if you have any registration obligations and take action as soon as possible”. More information on REACH 2018 can be found on the HSE Website.
We are on hand to help SEA members who are unsure whether they need to comply with these complex regulations. If you would like any help or guidance in relation to REACH, or any other pieces of legislation affecting your business, please call us today on 0121 237 1123 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.