REACH Is There – GHS Comes!

Experts discuss the Essen Haus der Technik (HDT) turns in a lecture event with well-known experts on the persons concerned and tries to clarify central issues in the HDT new EU chemicals regulation. Every day thousands of chemicals used, about which there is often insufficient information. This will change: the EU Member States have agreed on a binding rules on chemicals: the so-called REACH regulation provides for a better information base and taking the industry accountable. The Essen Haus der Technik (HDT) turns in a lecture event with well-known experts on the persons concerned and tries to clarify key issues. The aim of reach is clear: trade in chemical substances should be – designed safer and the EU. REACH stands for registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals. It only substances into circulation may be brought, to which a sufficient record exists. Required data for all materials is sent in one Amount of more than one tonne per year being produced or imported into the EU.

Here are the companies in the duty to register these substances in a central database. Also, more than 30,000 chemicals on the test to be made, who arrived before 1981 on the market. So far, only the so-called new substances which were first marketed after 1981, needed to be studied on their environmental and health impact. The response to the regulation varies. Industry, policy, environmental groups and scientists discuss the possible consequences of the regulation has long been lively. The uncertainty is great just on the chemical industry, confronted them but according to expert estimates by REACH costs of around eight billion euros. Because a number of questions arise of course”, says Dr. Reinhold Ruhl by the Professional Association of the construction industry.

The Essen Haus der Technik called therefore a lecture event in the life of professional guides. On March 12, 2008 are renowned experts in food, the participants an insight into the current state of the discussion to convey and clarify existing questions. The REACH regulation is here! “, so Dr. Ruhl.” Now it comes for all concerned, to make and to evaluate the changes mainly factual.” What changes with REACH? How can possible disadvantages are balanced or avoided? What are the consequences of the regulation for manufacturers, buyers and users of chemicals? The range of questions concerning the proposed EU regulation is great. The Essen Haus der Technik (HDT) addresses these questions in a lecture course under the direction of Dr. Reinhold Ruhl. A day later, on March 13, 2008, that is globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) “in the Center.” New symbols, signal words, include the introduction of warnings of danger (hazard statements) and safety advice (precautionary statements) to the core elements of the GHS, as well as Hazard classes hazard classes (), which describe the nature of the danger and risk (hazard categories) are into categories. It aims to adopt the GHS regulation by the end of 2008. The event will be led by Mr Dr. Volker J. Soballa of the Evonik Degussa GmbH in Essen. “” The detailed program of events get interested on request at the Haus der Technik, Tel. 0201/1803-344 (Mrs Ramzi), fax 0201/1803-346, E-mail: or on the Internet at search keyword REACH “or” GHS”.