REACH is a new European Community Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances and their safe use which was passed by the European Parliament in 2006 and it was come into force on June 1, 2007.
The REACH Regulation gives greater responsibility to industry to manage risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers will be required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances which will allow their safe handling and to register the information in a central database (Safety Data Sheet, SDS) run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
This regulation considers the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as the main tool of communication in the supply chain, what involves that the included data are exchanged among all participants who take part in this process.
Therefore, the responsible of getting these chemicals into the market must supply to the recipient the SDS during the first delivery.
Manufacturer, importer or down-stream user will prepare this document according to similar requirements as others before existed the approval of REACH. Main difference with the previous legislation is that, when it is necessary, the safety data sheets will include an attached document with the exposure scenarios where conditions which guarantee a safety use of chemicals are specified.
Guidelines of Safety Data Sheet for cement and clinker can be consulted following. They have been developed by the Spanish cement sector according to other guidelines passed in European Countries.