British Glass presents REACH regulations workshop


British Glass recently held a workshop to look at the specific impact of the EU REACH regulations on glass for approximately 20 of its members.

British Glass presents REACH regulations workshop
The workshop was designed to help the sector understand the action it needs to take to comply with EU regulations, which were implemented in the UK in 2008 and have a final deadline of June 2018.
The regulations make industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals, and for providing appropriate safety information to their users.
Mark Pudner, British Glass Technical Adviser said “Ultimately REACH should streamline and improve the legislative framework on chemicals, while allowing free movement of substances on the EU market.
“The BREXIT vote makes little difference – any changes are likely to take around two years to implement – and even if the REACH regulations are replaced in UK law, companies trading with the EU will still need to be compliant.
“That’s why glass supply chain companies urgently need to grasp the implications for their business.
“The 2018 deadline affects companies manufacturing or importing more than 1 tonne a year of any substance – and glass manufacturers need to inform such suppliers of how they use specific substances one year before that 2018 registration deadline. 
“Manufacturers could find that substances they rely on may no longer be available if a supplier chooses not to register them.”
The consequences of not complying with REACH regulations would also include heavy fines and even, in extreme cases, imprisonment.
The workshop was delivered in partnership with the REACH Centre, one of the leading internationa...

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