REACH

Home / What we do / REACH

REACHThe Competitiveness Department of Enterprise Ireland provides advice to its clients on issues regarding REACH.

Contact Details

Click here to email Declan WhiteDeclan White | Tel No.: 01 727 2480  

__________________________________________________

What is REACH?
REACH Updates
Which Sectors are impacted by REACH
Useful Links
Training Courses & Conferences
Publications:   REACH | GHS
REACH Case Studies
______________________________________________
What is REACH?
REACH is an acronym for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. It is a new EU chemicals regulation (EC 1907/2006) which came into force in all member states on 1st June 2007. It is needed because the current system for the provision of information on chemical safety is unsatisfactory and unable to provide adequate information on a chemical’s hazardous properties for its safe use. REACH will replace forty existing pieces of chemicals legislation. It will apply to manufacturers, importers and professional users of chemicals. In addition, under REACH the burden of proof regarding the hazardous properties of a substance transfers from the government authorities to the producer. Downstream users, (anyone using substances or preparations covered under REACH which are supplied by an upstream importer/distributor) will be effected by this Regulation. View more information here.
________________________________________________
REACH Updates


CLP New Pictograms 

A hazard pictogram is an image on a label that includes a warning symbol and specific colours intended to provide information about the damage a particular substance or mixture can cause to our health or the environment. The CLP Regulation has introduced a new classification and labelling system for hazardous chemicals in the European Union. The pictograms have also changed and are in line with the United Nations Globally Harmonised System.

The new pictograms are in the shape of a red diamond with a white background, and will replace the old orange square symbols which applied under the previous legislation. Since 1 December 2010, some substances and mixtures have already been labelled according to the new legislation, but the old pictograms can still be on the market until 1 June 2017. Until then, you may find detergents, lamp oils or other products labelled with either the orange or white pictogram at your local supermarket or on the shelves of your local hardware store

Gas under pressure. 
ImageSymbol:
Gas Cyclinder

What does it mean?
Contains gas under pressure; may explode if heated.
Contains refrigerated gas; may cause cryogenic burns or injury.

Examples of where we can find it
Gas containers

Examples of precautionary statements
Protect from sunlight
Wear cold insulating gloves/face shield/eye protection.
Get immediate medical advice/attention.

Symbols that will be phased out:
There is no existing symbol for this hazard pictogram
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Explosive 
ImageSymbol
: Exploding Bomb

What does it mean?
Unstable explosive
Explosive; mass explosion hazard
Explosive; severe projection hazard
Explosive; fire, blast or projection hazard
May mass explode in fire

Examples of where we can find it
Fireworks, ammunition

Examples of precautionary statements
Obtain special instructions before use
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
Use personal protective equipment as required
Explosion risk in case of fire

ImageSymbols that will be phased out 


-------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Oxidising 
ImageSymbol:
Flame over circle

What does it mean?
May cause or intensify fire; oxidiser.
May cause fire or explosion; strong oxidiser.

Examples of where we can find it
Bleach, oxygen for medical purposes
 
Examples of precautionary statements
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
Rinse immediately contaminated clothing and skin with plenty of water before removing clothes.
 
ImageSymbols that will be phased out


-----------------------------------------------------------------
Flammable 
ImageSymbol:
Flame

What does it mean?
Extremely flammable gas
Flammable gas
Extremely flammable aerosol
Flammable aerosol
Highly flammable liquid and vapour
Flammable liquid and vapour
Flammable solid

Examples of where we can find it
Lamp oil, petrol, nail polish remover

Examples of precautionary statements
Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source.
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – No smoking
Keep container tightly closed
Keep cool
Protect from sunlight 

ImageSymbols that will be phased out


-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Corrosive 
ImageSymbol: Corrosion

What does it mean?
May be corrosive to metals
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage

Examples of where we can find it
Drain cleaners, acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, ammoniac
 
Examples of precautionary statements
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
Wash…thoroughly after handling
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
Store locked up
Keep only in original container 

Image Image           Symbols that will be phased out



--------------------------------------------------------------------

Health hazard 
ImageSymbol:
Exclamation Mark

What does it mean?
May cause respiratory irritation
May cause drowsiness or dizziness
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Causes serious eye irritation
Causes skin irritation
Harmful if swallowed
Harmful in contact with skin
Harmful if inhaled
Harms public health and the environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere

Examples of where we can find it
Washing detergents, toilet cleaner, coolant fluid

Examples of precautionary statements
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
If inhaled: remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
If swallowed: call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician if you feel unwell
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
If on skin: wash with plenty of soap and water
If in eyes: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lens, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
 
ImageSymbols that will be phased out


---------------------------------------------------------------------
Acute Toxicity 
ImageSymbol: skulls & Crossbones

What does it mean?
Fatal if swallowed
Fatal in contact with skin
Fatal if inhaled
Toxic: if swallowed
Toxic in contact with skin
Toxic if inhaled

Examples of where we can find it
Pesticide, biocide, methanol

Examples of precautionary statements
Wash... thoroughly after handling.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
Rinse mouth
Store in a closed container
Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing.
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
If on skin: gently wash with plenty of soap and water
Remove/take off immediately all contaminated clothing.
Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
Wear respiratory protection
If inhaled: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
Store locked up
 
   Image   Image        Symbols that will be phased out

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Serious Health Hazard 
ImageSymbol: Health Hazard

What does it mean?
May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways
Causes damage to organs
May cause damage to organs
May damage fertility or the unborn child
Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child
May cause cancer
Suspected of causing cancer
May cause genetic defects
Suspected of causing genetic defects
May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled

Examples of where we can find it?
Turpentine, petrol, lamp oil

Examples of precautionary statements
If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
Do NOT induce vomiting
Store locked up
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
Wash thoroughly after handling.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell
If exposed: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician
Obtain special instructions before use
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
Use personal protective equipment as required
If exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection
If inhaled: If breathing is difficult, remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing 

Image  Image       Symbols that will be phased out

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hazardous to the Environment 
ImageSymbol:
Environment

What does it mean?
Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Examples of where we can find it?
Pesticides, biocides, petrol, turpentine

Examples of precautionary statements
Avoid release to the environment
Collect spillage 

Image Symbols that will be phased out


_________________________________________

European Chemicals Agency REACH Case Studies NEW
  
  pdf fileLarge chemical company will pre-register about 800 substances 86kB
    pdf fileREACH at a small enterprise 99kB
    pdf fileAn association battles for its Members 94kB 
    pdf fileDownstream user of chemicals sees REACH as an opportunity to further build consumer confidence  85kB
    pdf fileDistributor with active REACH strategy  88kB
    pdf fileBelgian REACH Helpdesk supports local companies  83kB
    pdf fileEuropean Chemicals Agency Helpdesk – For shared understanding of REACH  Regulation  68kB
___________________________________________________________

Useful Links

___________________________________________________________
Training Courses & Conference

See the Envirocentre Events section for the latest listings.
 
________________________________________________________
REACH legal disclaimer
This website contains information on the REACH Regulation. Users are reminded to consult the text of the REACH Regulation (Regulation 1907 / 2006). The information on this website is not, and is not intended to be, a legal interpretation of the REACH Regulation and does not constitute legal advice. Enterprise Ireland accepts no liability with regard to the information or support given under the REACH section of this website.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------