The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulations, (REACH), came into force in the UK on the 1st June 2007. REACH aims to ensure that the risks posed by the use of chemicals are assessed, documented, minimised and communicated and that unsafe substances are replaced with safe substances. It places the responsibility for assessing chemicals with manufacturers and importers, under the aegis of the newly created European Chemicals Agency, and tasks users with ensuring that they inform upstream suppliers about the uses of chemicals and pass relevant information downstream to other users.

Since the regulation requires 'use' to be registered, downstream users need to inform suppliers of their substance use and ask for pre-registration details, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other information by the end of 2008. Ultimately, if a use has not been registered for a chemical, then it will be against the law to use the chemical in that way.

There are several important features to note:
REACH applies to ALL chemicals, not only those used in industrial processes, but also those used on a day-to-day basis, for example furniture, cleaning products, paints, clothing etc; REACH applies to all businesses within the supply chain; One organisation can have several different roles, and therefore different obligations, under REACH. The terms used in REACH to describe a role may be quite differently interpreted elsewhere.; REACH only applies to the chemicals (substances) within products (preparations or articles) not to the products themselves; A pre-registration ŮwindowÓ opened on the 1st June 2008. This offers a free and simple way of continuing production and use of certain Ůphase-inÓ substances and extends registration deadlines for those substances to 2010-2018. The window closes on 30th November 2008 after which a full registration must take place; Substances, and uses, not complying with REACH will not be able to be traded or used.

Dingbro Ltd are aware of the Regulations and committed to meeting our legal obligations. We have appointed Sandy Dingwall as our REACH representative and he can be contacted by email at sandyd@dingbro.com or phone on 01224 666528. Dingbro Ltd are using the automotive industry online communication tool at www.auto-reach.com to manage our communications obligations. Our user name is Dingbro Ltd and you are invited to register on the site and link with us there.







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