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Posted on 16 February 2015

The CLP regulation

This regulation – or to give its full title-,European Regulation (EC) No 12172/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of mixtures – was adopted on 20 January 2009 in the EU. It Implements in the EU the UN’s Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS). It will come into force in the EU on 30 June 2015 and affect all suppliers of chemicals in the EU. There will be some change to the old rules for classification that suppliers have to follow; in particular a new set of hazard pictograms, though quite similar to the old ones, are to be used. All manufacturers using chemicals will need to comply. More information can be found on the HSE website. BRPPA has organised a teleconference, to be held on 18/2/15, with HSE in order for members to discuss and raise questions / seek clarification on the application of CLP in the rubber industry. If members have any questions about its application, or wish to join the teleconference, they should contact Dr Abid Dost.

MbOCA

Use of this substance from 2017 onwards will only be permitted if authorisation is given under the REACH procedures. So far only one company has shown interest in getting an authorisation. The company acting on its behalf in making the application for authorisation has given a presentation to the Polyurethane Elastomer Group on the action it is taking to secure authorisation by the due date and seeking BRPPA’s collaboration in this process. There is no alternative substance to MbOCA for a number of its applications and in BRPPA’s view it is vital that supplies are maintained after the due date. BRPPA will therefore be working to provide this supplier with relevant technical and commercial data. In the meantime HSE is asking BRPPA for a list of supplier companies, no doubt gearing up for its role in enforcing the prospective restrictions.

News from HSE

HSE’s website, is a valuable source of information on a number of activities and issues, in particular:

• Risk Assessment leaflet revised

A new and revised version of ‘The five steps to risk assessment’ has been published. Download your free copy by visiting: Risk Assessment – a brief guide to controlling the risks in the workplace.

• New asbestos safety campaign

A new safety campaign with a new Web App that will help identify asbestos risk. 200,000 asbestos safety kits will also be distributed via B&Q TradePoint stores. For more information on asbestos safety visit HSE’s Asbestos Website.

• Reducing the fire risk from the storage of waste materials

New guidance is now available on how to reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires occurring at waste management and other sites where wastes are stored and treated. This includes sites with materials such as paper, plastics, wood and rubber products and any other waste that could pose a fire risk. The guidance has been published by the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum and has had input and support from various bodies including the HSE, Environment Agency, Chief Fire Officers Association as well as consultation with the main insurers for the waste management sector. Download your free copy by visiting Reducing fire risk at waste management sites.

• How effective are hand-cleaning products compared to hand-washing?

HSL has reviewed data on the effectiveness of hand cleaning products as alternatives to hand washing. More information can be found on HSE’s Research Website.

• New guidance on workplace transport safety

HSE has published new guidance on workplace transport safety. For more information and to download a free copy, visit HSE’s Publications Webpage.