REACH and OSH legislations are aiming at the same goal: safety, health and wellbeing of a worker handling chemical substances at work. Terminology and the overall language used within these legislative frameworks differ from each other. At an average European workplace the personnel handling REACH issues or CAD issues may be different. Registrant and a downstream user may have difficulties in communication. In addition to the practical issues causing discrepancies, in a broader perspective, also more profound differences in the philosophy of the two sets of legislation can be pointed out. This has to be understood in order to guarantee proper implementation. A good example of this is setting the European OELs vs. DNELs.

Course objectives

  • Worker exposure assessment in REACH and in OSH legislation
  • Setting and implementation of limit values
  • Occupational hygienist’s role in implementing REACH; REACH in downstream users’ life
  • What does ECHA do?
  • Restrictions and authorizations
  • Role of safety data sheets at workplaces

Target group

EHS professionals and occupational hygienists are dealing with downstream and end user companies. They need to have the basic understanding on how the REACH legislation works and what it can provide for workplaces in different sectors.

Course outline

Mix of lectures and group works.

Main topics

  • Worker exposure assessment within REACH
  • Setting up OELs and DNELs – similarities and differences, implementation in practise
  • What does an occupational hygienist working with or in downstream user companies have to know about CSR/ES Roadmaps, SUMIs, use description system, sector use maps, SWEDs, ESCom, etc.?
  • General presentation of the work of ECHA; Downstream user obligations; Process of restrictions & authorizations - what does it mean for a downstream user?
  • Group practice: Creating the best MSDS of Europe
  • How to deal with REACH obligations in practice? Downstream user’s point of view (industry representative).
Program taught in:
  • English

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