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Chemical safety in your business

Introduction for SMEs

Did you know? The EU regulations for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), for the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) have an impact on the business of most companies in the EU and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, which are part of the European Economic Area (EEA).

If you think that this is not your case, you are not alone.

Recent surveys and inspections in all EU/EEA countries show that nearly 70% of SMEs outside the chemical sector are unaware that REACH and CLP have a direct impact on their business. Smaller companies by their turnover are least likely to believe that they have to comply with REACH. This poses a risk of placing non-compliant and unsafe chemical products on the market.

At the same time, surveys of SMEs and manufacturing companies show that when small firms are aware of these EU regulations and know how they affect their business, they are the most active in re-designing their manufacturing processes. Companies of all sizes are also involved in replacing the most hazardous chemical products with safer alternatives.

Bibliographic information

Chemical safety in your business. Introduction for SMEs
1. edition. Helsinki: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) 2015. 
ISBN: 978-92-9247-439-3, pages 60, PDF-Datei, DOI: 10.2823/893656

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