EEF launches REACH training service

9th September 2013


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UK manufacturers can now access support for activities and operations subject to the EU REACH Regulation following the launch of a dedicated training and consultancy service by EEF

The manufacturers’ body says the aim of the new service is to help companies manage the risks to their businesses from the Regulation, which came into force in 2007.

It requires users to provide information on how they use chemical substances to their suppliers, and to implement measures to ensure the safe use of substances.

“Many manufacturers do not fully appreciate the business risk presented by REACH. Many declare compliance to customers but do not have robust processes in place to provide adequate assurance,” said Greg Roberts, environment consultant at EEF.

The new service was launched as the European Chemicals Agency published the results of its second project assessing the enforcement of the REACH Regulation. It inspected 1,181 "downstream" users and found that 67% were non-compliant in some way.

Meanwhile, US law firm Morrison & Foerster has launched an online resource to help businesses comply with California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. The new environmental law requires manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to identify and restrict toxic chemicals used in consumer goods sold in the state.


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