Filed under: chemicals, Construction, EU Information | Tags: chemicals, construction, REACH, regulation
The European Commission has decided that existing controls on dangerous and hazardous substances in construction products are sufficient to maintain safety standard in the construction sector. The report which explains this decision, and the background to it, is very comprehensive and goes into a great deal of detail about the current regulatory framework which involves REACH, and the Construction Products regulations (CPR).
The current requirements which follow the REACH rules are:
- to provide a safety data sheet (SDS) if the products are hazardous substances and mixtures; and
- to submit information to downstream users, in case their products contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in a concentration above 0.1%, and to provide that information to consumers upon request.
The Construction Products Regulations include information on test methods (including sampling) which should be followed for determining dangerous substances such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are frequently found in products such as paints and varnishes.