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RAC recommends an occupational exposure limit for benzene

At its March meeting, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) also recommended occupational exposure limits (OELs) for two other substances: nickel and its compounds and acrylonitrile. These opinions conclude the response to the European Commission, which for the first time asked RAC to assess the scientific basis for setting OELs.

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REACH Enforcement

To ensure a harmonized approach to the implementation of REACH between the Member States "Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement" has been created  which coordinates a network of Member States authorities responsible for enforcement under Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006. and its tasks include:

  • to spread good practice and highlight problems at Community level;
  • to propose, coordinate and evaluate harmonised enforcement projects and joint inspections
  • to coordinate exchange of inspectors;
  • to identify enforcement strategies, as well as best practice in enforcement;
  • to develop working methods and tools of use to local inspectors;
  • to develop an electronic information exchange procedure;
  • to assure a close cooperation with industry, taking particular account of the
  • specific needs of SMEs, and other stakeholders, including relevant international organisations, as necessary;
  • to examine proposals for restrictions with a view to advising on their enforceability.

Under REACH (Art 126) the Member States authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the REACH provisions. In other words, each Member State must determine inter alia the penalties that would apply to the infringement of REACH provisions and must take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties must be "effective, proportionate and dissuasive". The Member States had to notify their provisions to the European Commission and must also notify any subsequent amendment. Linked below are the Annexes by the type of sanctions:  

The ECHA Forum's second enforcement project (REF-2) focused on checking the compliance of downstream users – particularly formulators of mixtures – with the essential requirements of the REACH and CLP regulations.

The project's operational phase was carried out from May 2011 until March 2012. The national enforcement authorities inspected 1 181 enterprises covering 6 900 substances, 4500 mixutres and 4500 safety data sheets (SDSs). The majority of the inspected companies were small or medium-sized. More than half of the inspected companies were not only active as downstream users but also in additional roles, e.g. as manufacturers, importers, distributors and only representatives.

In total, 67% of the inspected companies were non-compliant with one or more provisions of REACH or CLP. Non-compliance was most commonly related to contraventions of (pre-)registration (REACH, 8%), notification (CLP, 15%), failure to keep information (20%) and having deficient risk management measures (12%).

Only 3% of companies failed to have the SDSs on site. However, 52% of the inspected SDSs showed deficiencies. Despite the high rate of defective SDSs, inspectors noticed an improvement in the formats used and availability of SDSs in comparison to earlier inspections. The findings also showed that 93% of the workers could have access to relevant information from SDSs. However, practice shows that the actual rate was, in fact, lower at 79%.
 
REACH-EN-FORCE-2 project final report (EN) - 2,24 Mb

 

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