REACH campaign aims to help manufacturers recognise potential risks to the business

REACH awareness campaign aimed at manufacturers

Manufacturing employers’ organisation EEF is launching a campaign to highlight business risks under the REACH Regulation and provide support to the manufacturing supply chain to enable them to manage it.

Under the Regulation substances used either in products or as part of processes may be banned and disappear from the EU market unless manufacturers have authorisation for their use.

The main focus of the campaign is on enabling manufacturers to effectively manage compliance internally and recognise the potential risks to their business. A survey by EEF in 2012 showed that 20 per cent of companies believe REACH is not applicable to them and 30 per cent believe it is not important to their business.

Greg Roberts, EEF’s environmental consultant, said: “Many manufacturers do not fully appreciate the business risk presented by REACH. Many declare compliance to customers but do not have robust processes in place to provide adequate assurance.”

The concept for the campaign is the websites ‘Where’s My Car’ and ‘Where’s My Plane’, where manufacturers can hover over part of a model car or plane to reveal which components they will no longer be able to make as a result of REACH. One example, trichloroethylene, is commonly used in cleaning or degreasing metal parts. It will be banned from use from 2016 unless approval to use it has been sought from the European Commission.

EEF has worked with the European Commission, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Defra and the HSE for many years on the regulation and its impacts. It says this has given it the knowledge and insight to inform its industry training courses and expert consultancy, so it can help manufacturers keep on top of developments, understand the risks and put in place the systems to safeguard their product lines.

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