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The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Industrial sites don’t just have to use spill control methods to copes with oil or fuel oil spills, some also need control methods in place to control chemical spillages.

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force in June 2007 with the aims to protect human health and also the environment from the use of harmful chemicals, to make suppliers and manufacturers responsible for the risks attached to these chemicals and to promote different assessment methods of the dangerous properties of harmful substances. REACH was also set up to allow movement of these substances across the EU and to increase the market competitiveness in the chemical industry in the EU.

One of the most important things that REACH does is to provide a framework for passing information about dangerous chemicals across the supply chain. A standardised safety data sheet will accompany these materials so suppliers and users know the risks involved when using the chemicals and so the chemicals can be safely managed.

If you use dangerous chemicals on your industrial site you should have chemical spill kits in place and workers should be adequately trained to deal with chemical spills should they take place.

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