With the final deadline for the EU’s latest regulation on chemical use looming, speciality chemical supplier, Airedale Chemical, is urging cleaning companies to make preparations now and potentially re-evaluate their chemical consumption.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) covers all chemicals used on their own or as part of formulas within the EU covering all applications including industrial and consumer sectors. The aim is for all chemicals imported into the EU or European Economic Area to be registered, tested and authorised by the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) and is likely to affect businesses of all sizes in almost all industries.
The deadline for the final phase of implementation is 1 June 2018 and Elaine O’Neill, market manager for surfactants at Airedale Chemical, is advising cleaning businesses to address the issue sooner rather than later in order to ensure continued and smooth-running operations. She said: “REACH does not discriminate and applies to small businesses just as it does to large and multi-national companies. Although there are a few exceptions in the case of some substances such as waste, radioactive material and those used in the interests of defense, almost everything else is likely to be affected in some way by REACH regulations. Some chemical suppliers are likely to decide against applying for REACH approval due to financial or time restraints so it would be a mistake to assume your supplier will be registering the substances you rely on. Now is the time to check if your supplier intends to continue with its full repertoire of chemicals in order to keep your operations running seamlessly.”