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Commission Workshop on "Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation"

Commission Workshop on "Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation"
Published on: 29/09/2014
Event date: 18/11/2014
Location: Centre A. Borschette
Organiser: European Commission

In December 2012 and in November 2013, the Commission services did organise two workshops on chemical risk management under REACH and other sector specific legislation. Both received positive feedback from the participants, mainly Competent Authorities for REACH and for other EU legislation and EU Agencies.

Following the success of those events, a new workshop was organised jointly by DG ENTR, DG ENV and DG EMPL. This workshop focused the discussion on the common elements and possible divergences in the management of risks related to chemicals under REACH and OSH legislation.

As in the previous workshops, it generated a constructive exchange of views and information among Commission services, relevant EU agencies and Member States Competent Authorities responsible for REACH and national authorities responsible for OSH legislation.

The workshop included an open session, in the afternoon, in which industry/employers and workers representatives' together with scientists working in the area of limit values were welcomed. The aim was to work together towards a common understanding on how best to manage the interface between REACH and OSH legislation.


Agenda (34 kB)


The workshop was webstreamed live. The video recording of the webstreaming is available from this link.


PRESENTATION SLIDES


SESSION 1: OSH &REACH LEGISLATIONS – KEY ELEMENTS RELEVANT TO WORKER PROTECTION

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) legislation – overview of chemical risk assessment and management at the workplace including limit values (277 kB) - Alick Morris, DG EMPL-Unit B3

REACH: Risk Management under REACH: CSR and eSDS, restrictions, authorisation (397 kB) - Christian Heidorn, DG ENV-Unit A3

Simplification of the authorisation procedure and potential exemption from the authorisation requirement under Article 58(2) of REACH with regard to occupational risks (244 KB) - Anna Borras, DG ENTR-Unit F1


SESSION 2: UNDERSTANDING NATIONAL STRUCTURES FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF OSH&REACH AND IDENTIFICATION OF COMMON CHALLENGES

Identifying challenges to joined up approaches between national authorities Common issues that necessitate coordinated follow-up actions (428 kB) - Robin Foster, Health and Safety Executive

Improving Safety and Health at Work by strengthening OSH and REACH synergies. Lessons from Practice (1 MB) - Demi Theodori, Bureau REACH-RIVM

SLIC CHEMEX view on OSH/REACH interface issues with a focus on practical issues at the workplace (367 kB) - Darren Arkins, the Irish Health and Safety Authority


SESSION 3: IDENTIFYING AND RESOLVING DNEL&OEL INTERFACE ISSUES AND RISK MANAGEMENT OUTCOMES

Background to DNELs and OELs with a specific emphasis on the various uses and types of DNELs throughout the REACH legislative procedures (183 kB) - Tim Bowmer, Chair of ECHA-RAC

Scientific aspects including methodological approaches to uncertainty when developing limit values - Gunnar Johanson, SCOEL Member (678 kB) and Helmut Greim, Technical University of Munich (28 kB)

The views of the social partners on the use of workplace limit values - Patrick Levy, Employers' Interest Group (613 kB) and Tony Musu, Workers' Interest Group (67 kB) - ACSH Working Party on Chemicals

The communication of DNEL/OELV in SDSs: Difficulties for operators to understand the role of a DNEL/exposure scenario when already complying with OSH legislation, suggestions for an improved system (754 kB) - Erik Drijvers, BASF Antwerpen

The risk assessment under OSH and its relevance for substances subject to REACH authorisation –case of trichloroethylene (291 kB) - Jan Twisk, Industrial Hygiene Resource Manager, Dow