According to the European Chemicals Regulation REACH (EC) No 1907/2006 (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), chemicals only be placed on the market and used if the risks they present to human health and the environment are adequately controlled. Information on hazard characteristics, exposure and risk management measures is determined by the registrant and part of the REACH registration dossier. In the industrial and commercial supply chain, this information will be communicated through the safety data sheet to enable safe handling for all downstream users.
The aim of this study is to analyse the quality of the information flow from the registration dossiers to the safety data sheets with respect to the occupational exposure and risk assessment and subsequently in terms of their usability for the workplace risk assessment. Where are the most frequent information gaps with regard to the data required under REACH and where does the information flow between registration dossier and safety data sheet not work? The results will be used to develop approaches for a further improvement of the communication of risks and measures in the supply chain.
Within the scope of the project, information on workplace exposure and the recommended protective measures will be evaluated from approximately 1,700 registration dossiers and compared with the safety data sheets provided by the registrants, applying predefined quality criteria. Using the easy-to-use workplace control scheme for hazardous substances (EMKG), it will be examined whether the necessary input variables for the workplace risk assessment are available in the safety data sheet and whether they lead to protective measures, which are consistent with the exposure scenarios in the registration dossier. In addition, a questionnaire is used to analyse which tools and information are used by registrants to prepare safety data sheets. How the link between the registration dossier and safety data sheet looks like in practice and what role do quality management and communication play.
Finally, the identified problem areas and potential solutions will be discussed at a workshop and placed in the current context. With the help of practical exercises, the mutual understanding of the different actors in the supply chain for the different needs will be strengthened. The project aims to gain reliable data on the quality of the communication of risks and measures in the supply chain of registered substances. These will be used for the further development of the European Chemicals Regulation in order to improve the interfaces to occupational health and safety and to provide practical guidance for improving the communication in the supply chain.
Division 4 "Hazardous Substances and Biological Agents"