REACH - Chromates authorization decisions : Which impacts and solutions for the end user?
The regulation situation at a glance:
The European Commission has added substances containing chromates to the list of substances subject to authorization in Annex XIV to the REACH Regulation. The placing on the market and use of these substances will be banned passed the "sunset date" unless an authorization granted for a limited period on the uses specifically defined.
Manufacturers or importers in Europe have grouped into 3 consortia to defend uses reported by end users and have submitted authorization files. the European Commission's decisions were published in the EU Official Journal, they grant a derogatory term of 7 years from the Sunset Date in respect of the uses covered by authorization dossiers.
WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE COVERED?
Chromium trioxide (n° CAS : 1333-82-0)
Sodium dichromate (n° CAS: 7789-12-0 ; 10588-01-9)
Potassium dichromate (n° CAS : 7778-50-9)
Strontium chromate (n° CAS: 7789-06-2)
Tri(chromate) de dichrome (n° CAS : 24613-89-6)
Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide (n° CAS : 49663-84-5)
Potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate (n° CAS : 11103-86-9)
WHAT TO DO AS A END USER?
Given the lack of qualified alternative solutions, a business user of any substance or mixture containers, will be covered by these authorizations and will have to:
Comply with the exposure scenarios provided in the extended Safety Data Sheets updated by their chemical suppliers within 3 months of the authorization decisions.
Notify ECHA of their authorized use in accordance with Article 66 of REACH within 3 months of the first delivery of the substance / mixture after the publication of the authorization decisions.
Initiate first employee exposure measures no later than 6 months after the date of the authorization decision and submit these results to ECHA annually.
Perform measurements on environmental releases and submit these results to ECHA annually.
To go further, please find the detailed information note from GIFAS: click here
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Gaches Chimie as distributor distributes the updated SDS to you with:
- adding authorization numbers,
- updates to the Exposure Scenarios in accordance with the risk control measures taken from the authorization files.
We will also relay communications from suppliers to you, and will remain at your disposal to complete any questionnaires of commitment to "use the products in accordance with the Exhibition Scenarios" of manufacturers who may require the return of the questionnaire before agreeing to deliver the products concerned.
Gaches Chimie, agrees to share with its customers the steps to be taken for certain product uses that would be common with its customers.
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