FEICA proposal to improve the protection of professional workers using the most harmful chemicals.pdf
FEICA’s proposal to improve the protection of professional workers using the most harmful chemicals
The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability commits the Commission to ‘extend to professional users under REACH the level of protection granted to consumers’. We understand that the European Commission’s rationale behind the extension of the generic approach to risk management (GRA) to professional uses lies in a general observation that professional users ‘cannot control risks from the presence of the most harmful chemicals in products’ and that ‘professional users are exposed to those chemicals in products in their daily lives and not only occasionally as consumers, there may be even more need to protect them’. We strongly believe that these two statements cannot be generically applied to all professional users and/or all products used by professional users containing ‘most harmful substances’.
Below is FEICA’s proposal to improve the protection of professional workers using the most harmful chemicals. The proposal illustrates ways to improve the protection of professional workers other than generic substance bans without a risk assessment having been performed.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-L07-040