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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:

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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technical references from the EU’s “CPL” Directives (i.e. Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC), which are due to be repealed in 2015.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.

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) public consultation on proposed restriction on cadium in artists' paints.

ECHA is currently considering a proposal to restrict cadmium and its compounds in artists’ paints. The proposed restriction concerns the placing on the market and use of cadmium and its compounds in artists’ paints (TARIC code 3213), and pigments (TARIC code 3212) that could be used for the manufacture of artists’ paints.

Submissions can be made to ECHA before 19th September 2014 at the latest, but preferably before 29 May.

Further details are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency.

Proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to modify the existing restriction on cadmium and its compounds in paints and varnishes.

A proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to modify the existing restriction on cadmium and its compounds in paints and varnishes. Currently the intentional addition of cadmium and its compounds to paints and varnishes is restricted.

The proposal will modify the existing restriction so that the unintentional addition of cadmium and its compounds (which can occur as an impurity) to paints and varnishes will be restricted. In addition, a limit value is being introduced in order to improve the enforceability of the restriction.

Submissions can be made to the European Chemicals Agency before 17th June 2014. Further information is available on the ECHA website.

In addition, the Health and Safety Authority have prepared a background document and they can be contacted at chemicals@hsa.ie if you require further assistance.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has made the following Statutory Instrument – “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013, (S.I. No. 572 of 2013)”.

These Regulations transpose Directive 2000/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work. This is a codified Directive which repealed and replaced Council Directive 90/679/EEC of 26 November, 1990, as amended.

European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has made the following Statutory Instrument – “European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 571 of 2013)

These Regulations amend the "European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2006" (S.I. No. 74 of 2006) in order to transpose Article 30 of the "Seveso III" Directive 2012/18/EU. Article 30 of that Directive concerns heavy fuel oils.

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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