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Safe Use of Chemicals and Products

Safety has top priority in the European single market

Chemicals and products must be safe, both intrinsically and during use. This is the basic requirement for safe working. Countless regulations and measures are intended to maintain and further improve the high level of protection on the EU domestic market.

Woman in a white coat wearing safety glasses is filling liquids in a  glass flask © Uwe Völkner, Fotoagentur FOX

It is therefore essential to exclude products, work equipment, chemicals or materials from use, i.e. from the European single market, if they present unacceptable risks.

For products and work equipment, harmful effects can be prevented through suitable product design and construction. For chemicals and materials, harmful effects can be prevented through strictly regulated and effective protective measures that ensure safe handling.

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Chemicals Law

The Federal Office for Chemicals (BfC) is a Division of the BAuA and is responsible for the implementation of statutory rules in chemicals legislation. This page provides information on the BfC's work to protect humans, animals and the environment against hazardous chemicals.

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Innovative Materials

EU chemicals legislation imposes testing and information requirements on manufacturers and importers of chemicals. In the case of new “innovative” materials, these requirements prove overwhelming for many of those involved. In this context, the BAuA puts its research into action in the interests of humans and the environment.

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Product Safety

Safe work necessitates safe work equipment, and the BAuA therefore promotes the safe design of products. Effective market surveillance is necessary to ensure compliance with product safety requirements, and the BAuA supports the federal states in these efforts.

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