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.
REACH 2018 web pages unveiled
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has urged all companies to start preparing for the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018. To support this, ECHA has launched a set of new web pages with improved access to relevant information. The registration deadline concerns substances manufactured or imported in low volumes, 1 to 100 tonnes per year.
ECHAs new web pages can be accessed at; http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/reach-2018-web-pages-unveiled
European Commission’s public consultation on the ratification by the EU of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the ratification by the EU of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Further information is available on the website of the European Commission at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/mercury/index_en.htm.
The consultation is open until 14 November 2014.
ECHA public consultation on proposed restriction of decaBDE (brominated flame retardant)
There is currently a proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to introduce a restriction on the manufacturing, import and use of decaBDE and articles containing decaBDE at concentrations greater than 0.1% by weight.
DecaBDE is used as an additive flame retardant in plastic and textile articles. More specifically, it is used in domestic and commercial furniture and in the transport, construction and mining sector.
Interested parties can submit comments to ECHA during the public consultation until 17th March 2015 at the latest, though comments are preferred by November 17th 2014.
If you have any queries or require further assistance, the Health and Safety Authority can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Safety Authority public consultation on the transposition of EU Directive 2012/18/EC ('Seveso III')
The Health and Safety Authority is carrying out a public consultation on the transposition of EU Directive 2012/18/EC ('Seveso III').
The Consultation is available on the Authority's website at the following link;. http://consultation.hsa.ie/general-applications/sevesoIII/.
The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 15th October 2014.
European Commission new procedure for appointing members to the 6th term of office of the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits to Chemical Agents
The European Commission has notified Member States of a new procedure for appointing members for the 6th term of office of the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits to Chemical Agents (SCOEL).
Commission Decision 2014/113/EC (which forsees the selection of SCOEL members based on an open call for expression of interest) repeals and replaces Decision 95/320/EC.
Countdown to CLP compliance begins
Sunday 1st June 2014 marked the beginning of a 12 month countdown to CLP compliance. Further information is available on the website of the Health and Safety Authority.
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: 17/10/2014