The European chemicals regulation REACH aims at an improved risk communication for chemical substances in the supply chain. For the first time a study is launched to enable a statement about availability and quality of communicated information from registration dossiers via safety data sheets of chemical substances and if this information is suitable for risk management at specific workplaces.
A part of this project will be performed in cooperation with the German Environment Agency and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. They systematically analyse registration dossiers regarding environmental and consumer protection. Within this project comprehensive information about the quality of data regarding occupational exposure towards chemicals and about recommended OSH measures in REACH registration dossiers and safety data sheets is compiled and compared. The appropriateness of information about exposure and OSH measures is validated by applying the easy-to-use workplace control banding scheme for hazardous substances (EMKG).
The project aims at generating reliable data on the current quality of information about occupational exposure and recommended risk management strategies. The results will be used for further development of the EU REACH regulation, the improvement of its interface with occupational safety and health regulation and corresponding recommendations for implementation.
Division 4 "Hazardous Substances and Biological Agents"