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Date 2 October 2019
Title CHCS Training “Introduction to European and UK Chemical Regulation” (Module 3)
Organiser Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS)
Location Novotel Manchester Centre Hotel, 21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, M1 4LX

At the end of this one-day module participants will have the knowledge and understanding to navigate the complexities of chemicals legislation, and increased confidence to apply it their own areas.

In particular participants will:

  • have an overview of chemicals legislation at EU level as it currently applies in the UK and as it will continue to apply after ‘Brexit’
  • understand how this legislation regulates chemicals:
    • for supply (placing on the market) and transport
    • in the workplace and the environment
  • be able to identify the different approaches adopted in regulating chemicals, e.g.
    • bans or prohibitions
    • authorisation or restriction
    • notification
    • setting down ‘rules’ to be followed by dutyholders
  • understand the difference between EU Regulations and Directives, and the roles of EU Agencies such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA)
  • understand how EU legislation is made, how it evolves, and how it applies in the UK
  • be familiar with key terms such as hazard, risk, substance, mixture, placing on the market, manufacturers, importers, distributors, downstream users, etc and how these are used across chemicals legislation
  • understand the underlying approach to chemical risk assessment and risk management to protect people and the environment, and the mechanisms for communicating information about the hazards and risks of chemicals
  • have an insight into what will happen to chemicals legislation on ‘Brexit’.

If you want to see the bigger picture and understand the principles behind the regulation of chemicals, or if you are wondering what is going to happen to EU Regulations and Directives on chemicals when Brexit happens, then this module is for you. It also shows the links between other CHCS modules on more specific areas such as transport of dangerous goods, biocides, preparing safety data sheets, classification and labelling, risk characterisation, as well as chemistry, toxicology and ecotoxicology.

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