Chemical Safety and Your Business

Companies of all sizes are responsible for the safety of chemicals that they place on the EU market.

Recent surveys and checks by inspectors show that many small companies using chemicals are still unaware of REACH and CLP or may think that the EU’s chemical law does not apply to their business.

The leaflet “Chemical Safety and Your Business” uses simple language to introduce the key concepts of REACH and CLP and offers links for further information.

  • The rules for the manufacture and use of chemicals in the European Union are designed to meet the business and societal needs for safer chemicals.
  • REACH established a new system for managing the risks of chemicals, which also aims to promote competitiveness and innovation through their Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and
  • Restriction.
  • CLP facilitates global trade and improves worker and consumer safety by implementing the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in the EU, and for their packaging.
  • These regulations put in place a common system to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment in the EU.

ECHA Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Summary of results Survey of 2013 SME registrants