The Dampstick® is a leading product in its class that is fully compliant with CLP and REACH Legislation. Both of these legislations focus on collecting hazard data with the purpose of ensuring a high level of protection to humans and the environment. It is the Calcium Chloride contained within the Dampstick® that is required to meet these areas of legislation.
Enforcement of REACH and CLP is a national responsibility, meaning that each EU member State must ensure that there is an official system of controls in place as well as lay down and specify the penalties for non-compliance with the provisions.
What is Reach Legislation?
REACH is a European Union Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It has been adopted to improve the protections of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.
REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those that are used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, such as in cleaning products or paints as well as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances.
To comply with this regulation, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU.
Under REACH consumers have the right to know whether the articles they buy contain any chemicals known as “substances of very high concern”. These are chemicals with serious and often irreversible effects on health or the environment, which can occur in many, everyday items. Consumers can ask their supplier for this information, whom is obliged to answer within 45 days.
What is CLP?
CLP stands for the regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures. CLP adopts the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the classification and labelling of chemicals and its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as allow the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles.
CLP requires manufacturers, importers or downstream users of substances or mixtures to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. This obligation is dependent of the tonnage to be placed on the market and it is legally binding across the Member States.
Before CLP the European Community had two pieces of active legislation in the area of classification, labelling and packaging; the Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC (DSD0 and the Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC (DPD). On the 1st June 2015 CLP repealed both these Directives.
So what is the connection?
CLP and REACH both contain hazard communication tools. Labelling rules are set out in CLP whereas the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) rules are set out in REACH; a CLP label must always be used together with SDS.
CLP and REACH essentially protect human health and the environment and allows the free movement of substances. If a product that you buy is CLP and REACH compliant you can rest assured that your product has all the correct labelling and packaging for your protection.