Workshop on the safe use of chemicals by SMEs Published on: 06/05/2014, Last update: 16/06/2015
The workshop addressed the challenges faced by companies and in particular SMEs to comply with the new rules for classification, labelling, packaging of mixtures introduced by the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Hazardous Chemicals).
The event brought together stakeholders such as industry associations, business support organisations, trade unions, and consumer associations, as well as competent authorities and the national CLP helpdesks. All organisations whose members need to know about and/or comply with the regulation were invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions.
The workshop did
- Identify main challenges for a timely implementation of the CLP Regulation
- Discuss practical solutions to the specific needs of SMEs
- Promote the safe use of chemicals in Europe
The CLP Regulation is relatively new EU legislation that adapted the harmonised criteria for the classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals to the international GHS system (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). Its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. In line with international agreements, CLP requires companies to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. The new provisions have applied for substances already since 2010, but for mixtures, which represent the vast majority of products on the market, the new provisions will apply as of 1 June 2015.
Although the obligations are similar to previous EU legislation, there are some important differences. Moreover, the number of products that must be re-labelled to comply with the CLP is enormous, including both consumer items (such as paints or detergents) as well as industrial mixtures. The majority of the operators concerned are SMEs, who may not be fully informed of the new regulation and the related obligations. Therefore, the workshop aims to attract multipliers of information towards SMEs in the first place and to help spreading the message to companies of the need for action to update their chemicals labels in line with CLP.
Agenda (186 kB)
PRESENTATION SLIDES AND VIDEO TIMINGS
Antti Peltomaki, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry (no slides) (4:45--)
Andreas Herdina, Director, ECHA's SME Ambassador (no slides) (11:56--)
Setting the scene. What is new?
Roberto Scazzola, Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry (1 MB) (22:35--)
Session 1: The new CLP rules – What are the challenges for SMEs? (1:18:35--)
Marko Sušnik, UEAPME / WKÖ (248 kB) (1:24:35--)
Sylvie Lemoine, Director, AISE (712 KB) (1:42:25--)
Janice Robinson, Director, CEPE (1 MB) (1:59:50--)
Uta Jensen-Korte, Director, FECC (504 kB) (2:16:10--)
Cristobal Bernal, Technical Manager, CARINSA (1 MB) (2:31:50--)
Isabelle Demoment, Regulatory Manager, HYPRED SA (737 kB) (2:42:55--)
Session 2: Supporting EU industry and SMEs to
become aware of and comply with CLP (4:50:25--)
Tjwan Tan, Chair of the Bio ChemTech EEN sector group (383 kB) (4:53:20--)
Jos Mossink, Head of Unit, European Chemical Agency (ECHA) (1 MB) (5:07:15--)
Ilja van Alten, Consumer Safety Institute, the Netherlands (no slides) (5:24:25--)
Andreas Fleischer, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany (426 kB) (5:38:45--)
Ludovica Malaguti, Senior researcher, National Institute of Health, Italy (3 MB) (5:51:40--)
Session 3: A safe use of chemicals in Europe – looking ahead (6:28:10--)
Panel discussion (no slides)
Gwen Cozigou, Director, DG Enterprise and Industry (no slides) (8:13:20--)