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Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit

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Role of the Unit

The role of the Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit is to formulate policy on regulating chemicals and includes:

Latest News

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.

A restriction report and further details on the proposal are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. The deadline for comments on the restriction report is 18th September 2015.

If you require further assistance you can contact the Health and Safety Authority at chemicals@hsa.ie

ECHA calls for public consultation on proposed restriction of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA related substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation on a proposal to restrict the manufacturing, use and placing on the market of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts, also including substances that may degrade to PFOA (PFOA-related substances), in concentrations equal to or greater than 2 ppb. The proposed restriction also covers articles containing these substances.

Further information, including detailed background material, is available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency.

Interested parties can submit comments to ECHA during the public consultation until 17th June 2015 at the latest, though comments are preferred by 1st March 2015.

If you have any queries or require further assistance, the Health and Safety Authority can be contacted at chemicals@hsa.ie

Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No 574 of 2014) were signed into law by the Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on the 16th December, 2014.

These Regulations extend, until 31 December 2016, the authority to licence, in certain circumstances, petrol stations which were constructed before 28 September, 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

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.

Further information, including detailed background material, is available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency.

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 chemicals@hsa.ie

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.

Other News

For older news please see our Archived Updates and Notifications page.

Useful links

Useful Links and Information:

www.hsa.ie

www.echa.europa.eu

eChemPortal

www.europarl.europa.eu/en/headlines

DG Enterprise and Industry REACH pages

DG Environment REACH pages

Euractiv chemicals policy review

European Chemicals Industry Council (CEFIC)

IBEC and Pharmachemical Ireland REACH pages

Rotterdam Convention

Structure of Unit

Margaret Lawlor

(Assistant Principal)

Cliona Ryan

(Administrative Officer)

Seamus McCarthy

(Clerical Officer)

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Contact this Unit

Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit,
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Room 400 Davitt House,
Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Fax: 00 353 1 631 3263

E-mail: chemicals@djei.ie

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  1. Chemicals (Amendment) Act 2010 (PDF 46.6KB) | An tAcht Ceimiceán (Leasú) 2010 (PDF, 58KB)
  2. Chemicals Act 2008 (No 13 of 2008) (PDF, 390KB) | An tAcht Ceimiceán 2008 (PDF)
  3. Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act 1998 (No. 43 of 1998) (PDF 63KB)
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