On 4 November 2013 the GB Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published a Consultative Document (CD) on proposals for a UK wide consultation on the amendment of the REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/2852).
The purpose of the proposed amendment is to take up a derogation from a European ban on certain uses of dichloromethane (DCM)-based paint strippers.
It will introduce necessary training requirements and a mandatory certificate of competence for professional users who wish to purchase and use DCM-based paint strippers.
The proposed amendment will be of particular interest to those involved in work with paint strippers and to others with an interest in this topic.
The legal remit for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) enforcement across the UK is provided for by the current REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008, which came into law as a result of the Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (“the EU REACH Regulation”).
All provisions of the current REACH Regulations apply UK wide, and there is no REACH legislation exclusively for Northern Ireland.
The REACH Regulations are enforced in Northern Ireland by DOE (NIEA), DETI (HSENI) and by local councils.