Haas REACH UPDATE

Haas Group International is both a supplier and an importer of products containing chemical substances, mixtures and articles as defined under the REACH Legislation.

What is REACH?

REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006), and it entered into force on 1 June 2007.

Overall, the aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.

It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. REACH is the "umbrella" legislation for the chemical supply chain, also covering issues such as marketing and use, classification and labeling, and safety data sheets. As such, much previous regulation has been replaced by REACH.

Haas Group International 2010 Import Registrations

As an importer of products containing chemical substances, Haas Group International has reviewed its imports by substance and while a number of substances were pre-registered as a precaution, no substances were finally registered with ECHA for the 2010 REACH deadline. Our volumes of CMR substances were well below the 1 tonne per year import threshold and we believe that our higher tonnage general chemicals will only require registration in 2018. However, our system will continue to monitor our imports by substance, and this will enable management to identify any changes in this situation as our business develops.

Suppliers to Haas Group International

Our key suppliers have confirmed that, where applicable, substances used in the products we distribute will be registered by the relevant ECHA deadline. Some product suppliers, particularly those that are not based in the EU, are less well prepared for the impact of REACH. We are working closely with them to achieve a high level of compliance and co-operation in obtaining the data we provide to our customers.
We expect that, in a few cases, there will be some products which may no longer be offered due to raw material restrictions. As soon as we have exact information about a possible phase-out of product from our suppliers we will inform customers and our sales team will work with those affected to seek alternative products for the intended application.

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC's)

We have received increasing numbers of enquiries about Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and other substances and their registration status. Information in the supply chain is variable and if customers have any concerns about substances in the product we sell we recommend they contact our EHS team at the address below.

REACH does not cover all substances

There may be substances in products we supply to customers that require no registration under REACH. This is because they are exempt in some way. For example, if less than one tonne of substance is imported into or made in the EU, or it could be a naturally occurring substance, or it may be covered by other legislation such as the Biocide Products Directive 98/8/EC, which overrides REACH.

Future Information Developments

Haas Group International has made a significant investment in software which will enable us to analyse substance data by product and customer. We are continually investing resource to improve our data and give us high levels of confidence in the information that we communicate to our customers. As our system and our data develop we expect to be able to introduce new chemical management services to our customers to help them plan for the future in their businesses.

Haas Group International EHS Team

Our EHS team is based at Crawley in the UK can assist with any enquiry you may have.
Please contact them at reachenquiry@haasgroupintl.com

To contact us by post please address your enquiry to

EHS and REACH Compliance Manager
Haas Group International SCM Ltd.
Newton Road
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 9TY

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