What is REACH?
REACH is a new European Union regulation (EC 1907/2006) covering the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
It was brought into force on 1 June 2007 and amalgamated over 40 pieces of European Directives and Regulations into a single system.
The aims of REACH are as follows:
- To provide a high level of protection to the environment and human health from the use of chemicals.
- To make manufacturers and importers of chemicals responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use by providing safety information that will be passed down the supply chain.
- To maintain and enhance the innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemical industry as a whole.
- To allow the free movement of substances on the EU market.
- To promote non-animal testing by providing alternative methods for the assessment of hazardous properties within certain substances.
Registration Registration Requirments for Lime Products
Lime products that are required to be registered under REACH are as follows:
- Calcium Oxide (CaO), also known as lime, quicklime or burnt lime.
- Calcium Magnesium Oxide (CaO, MgO), also known as dolime, dolomitic lime, dolomitic quick lime or burnt dolomite.
- Calcium Dihydroxide (Ca (OH)2), also known as hydrated lime or calcium hydroxide.
- Calcium Magnesium Tetrahydroxide (Ca (OH)2.Mg (OH)2), also known as dolomitic hydrated lime or calcium magnesium hydroxide.
- Calcium Carbonate Synthetic, also known as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC).
Lime companies may also act as downstream users within the REACH regulation. This concept refers to anyone who uses the substance, either on its own or in a preparation in the course of industrial or professional activities. Users are required to consider the safety of their use of substances and to apply appropriate risk management measures. In cases where a substance is manufactured or imported by more than one company, they are required to jointly submit information.
All BLA Members have now fully registered their products for REACH in advance of the December 2013 deadline. Further information can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's website www.hse.gov.uk/reach/.