Reach is a new European regulation that is related to the production, import and use of chemical substances on their own or in preparations. The abbreviation stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. The core of REACH entails that a company in principle needs to know the risks of all substances that it supplies, and must take measures to manage the risks. With the introduction of REACH, the responsibility for adequate risk management of chemical substances shifts from the Government to businesses.
What is the purpose of REACH?
REACH intends to ensure a high level of safety for people and the environment in the production and use of chemicals. REACH will ensure more information will become available about substances being used. The communication about these substances will thus be improved in the chain from producer to end-user and visa versa.
Which obligations are involved?
Manufacturers, distributors and importers have the obligation to register substances with a comprehensive set of data on the safety for man and the environment. There are different terms and different requirements for the depth of the data. This depends on, among other things, the volume and the harmful properties of the substance. Information about and the manageability of risks must be shared between companies in the chain. In preparation for the Registration, users of substances (also like those included in adhesives, sealants, coatings, solder flux, lubricants etc.) must pass on information on the use to their suppliers. A ban is introduced for the most worrisome chemicals, where the EU can grant Authorization for production and use under strict conditions.
What is the schedule?
The REACH legislation came into force as of 1 July 2007. All substances had to be reported to the REACH registration agency in Finland prior to 1 December 2008. As of 1 December 2010, the risks of the most dangerous substances are known. By 1 June 2018, REACH should be implemented for all substances.
What does REACH mean for you as a customer?
In the future, you will get products for which all the health and environmental risks are clearer documented, also for your application. Because many applications are the same, our industry will draw up a number of so-called “generic exposure scenarios” and pass it on to the raw material suppliers. Once drawn up, we will ask if such a scenario also applies to you. Griffon will ask its raw material suppliers to register the substances used, and if necessary, to test them based on the way in which our products are used by you. The end result of the overall process will be a better protection of the environment and a healthier work and living environment.
Are there any disadvantages?
Yes! Because of the high research costs and/or the high risks, there is a chance that substances will be taken off the market. This could affect the availability of our products.
What does Griffon do to ensure the availability of products?
Griffon has started drawing up a risk analysis. In this, based on the knowledge we now have, we look at:
- The hazard class of the substance.
- The uniqueness of the material for our products.
- The probability that this is going to be taken out of the market, or maybe not registered.
We will use this analysis to be able to offer you an alternative in time.
Where can you obtain more information about REACH?
Click here to read more about REACH.
We hope to have informed you sufficiently for the time being.
To answer all your questions adequately and to be able to advise you, Griffon has set up a REACH project group. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Griffon! We will do our utmost to provide you with the correct information.