Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit
Role of the Unit
The role of the Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit is to formulate policy on regulating chemicals and includes:
- Managing the implementation of the Chemicals Acts 2008 & 2010, which put in place the necessary measures to enforce particular pieces of EU chemicals legislation in Ireland, including REACH;
- Managing the process of negotiation and transposition of EU Legislation relating to Chemicals; and
- Reviewing the Dangerous Substances Acts 1972 and 1979.
European Chemicals Agency consultation on proposal for substance restriction
There is currently a proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in wash-off personal care products (e.g. shampoos, shower gels, soaps etc.) in the EU at concentrations greater than or equal to 0.1% by weight.
Further details are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. Submissions can be made to ECHA before 18th December 2015 at the latest, but preferably before 1st September 2015.
If you have any queries or require assistance the Health and Safety Authority can be contacted at email@example.com
Chemicals Act (Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2015 and European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) (Revocation) Regulations 2015
European Communities (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) (Revocation) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 196 of 2015)
The European Communities (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) (Revocation) Regulations 2015 were signed into law by Minister Bruton on 14 May 2015.
ECHA calls for public consultation on proposed restriction of Methanol in Windshield washer fluids and denatured alcohol
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently considering a proposal to introduce a restriction on the placing on the market for the supply to the general public of windshield washing fluids and denaturated alcohol containing methanol in concentrations equal or greater than 3% by weight.
If you require further assistance you can contact the Health and Safety Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org
EU Directive 2014/27/EU – “Chemical Handling” Directive
The Chemical Handling Directive amends five EU directives on health and safety at work as a result of the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (i.e. the EU “CLP” Regulation).
The five EU Directives on health and safety at work (listed below) address, among other things, safety issues where chemicals are a feature in the workplace. Accordingly, aspects of each Directive contain technical references from the EU’s “CPL” Directives (i.e. Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC), which are due to be repealed in 2015. (Article 60 of the “CLP” Regulation refers). These five Directives have been amended by the Chemical Handling Directive in order to update the technical references in line with the new EU “CLP” Regulation, otherwise the existing references would become redundant.
The five Directives on health and safety at work amended are:
1. Council Directive 98/24/EC - chemical agents at work,
2. Directive 2004/37/EC - carcinogens or mutagens at work,
3. Council Directive 92/58/EEC - the provision of safety and/or health signs at work,
4. Council Directive 92/85/EEC - the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding,
5. Council Directive 94/33/EC - protection of young people at work.
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Last modified: 22/06/2015