Regulations – ensuring you remain compliant
We know that understanding all the regulations which apply to chemical products can be difficult and we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to be confident that you are fully compliant. We have an in-house team of staff who specialise in regulatory issues to ensure that we, and our customers, remain fully up-to-date with all relevant legislation.
Safety data sheets and labels
Our safety data sheets and labels are prepared in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 453/2010). The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.
Here at B & V Group we have contacted all our suppliers to ensure that they have pre-registered, or registered, the chemicals supplied to us under REACH.
Only those chemicals used at over 100 tonnes per annum, or chemicals of very high concern, should have already been registered under REACH. Chemicals used at over 1 tonne per annum need to be registered under REACH by 31st May 2018 (unless exempt). This means that it could be several years before we have the registration numbers for all of the chemicals that we use.
Similarly, in some cases substances do not need to be registered because they are exempt (for example polymers) or because they are registered under another regulatory process (biocide uses, plant protection products) etc.
The carriage of dangerous goods is heavily regulated and we work with our Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor to ensure we comply with labelling and packaging requirements. Dangerous goods are assigned a UN number according to the properties of the substance. Products are then separated into different classes for transport (for example, Class 8 Corrosive Substances) based on the type of hazard that the substance presents. Some substances with the same UN number will have different degrees of danger which is reflected in the “packing group” from packing group 1 for the most dangerous to packing group 3 for the least dangerous. The class and packing groups combined dictate how goods must be packaged and labelled for transport.
The European agreement "Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises dangereuses par route" ( ‘ADR 2011’.) regulates the carriage of dangerous goods by road whereas the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code provides guidance on transporting dangerous goods by sea. Transporting dangerous goods by air is covered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) International Dangerous Goods Regulations.
We will ensure that the active substance in our biocidal products meet the requirements of the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD). This is an EU directive authorising biocidal products across the EU, which will eventually replace the national regulations.
We are mindful that certain chemicals are subject to strategic export control from the UK and have experience of obtaining export licences should one be required. This, however, only applies to a relatively small number of our products if they are being exported outside the EU.
The Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS)
We are aware of the criteria for product registration with OCNS, which applies to all chemicals used in the exploration, exploitation and associated offshore processing of petroleum on the UK Continental Shelf.