Created by the European Union, REACH* (Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction on Chemicals) legislation came into effect on 1st June 2007. It replaces a number of European directives with the aim of improving protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
The regulation places more emphasis on industry to understand and be responsible for managing risks from the chemicals that they deal in. Manufacturers and importers are required to produce information on the substances manufactured or imported by them into the European market in quantities of 1m tons or more per annum. Most of the ferro alloys and metal products handled by Westbrook Resources Ltd are covered by the legislation.
In order to comply with the requirements of REACH, each importer or manufacturer must register each substance with the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki. Specific sets of data will be collected and collated on the properties of the substances, which will be used to perform an assessment of the hazards and risks that each may pose and then how those risks can be controlled. Ultimately it is expected that greater understanding will lead to innovation and substitution, where possible, of the most dangerous substances.
Westbrook Resources Ltd is fully committed to promoting increased health and safety of our employees, service providers and customers, protecting the environment and to investing in green technology. Therefore we fully embraced the new legislation and immediately appointed our Quality Manager to ensure that we fully comply with REACH. Thus far we have identified and pre-registered all of the chemical elements contained in the ferro alloy, metals and concentrate products covered under REACH. Each chemical element over 1mt has been allocated a registration code and work is underway to provide the information required. Once pre-registration is completed we will address the next stage as promptly and with the same dedication to detail.