The European Commission put forward proposals in 2003 to develop a system of registration for chemicals, known as Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH). The two most important aims are to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the hazards of chemicals and to enhance the competitiveness of the European Union chemicals industry.
The implications for the concrete industry are outlined in Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals – REACH Regulation, by Lindon Sear, published in Concrete, June 2007, pp. 12–13. Copies of the article can be downloaded from the Members’ area of The Concrete Society web site.
The overall conclusion is that REACH is unlikely to have any significant effect on the production of concrete. However, in the forthcoming years the appearance of new Safety Data Sheets complying with REACH with more detailed information are likely to be seen throughout the industry.