When you are busy establishing or growing your business and running the day-to-day operations, sometimes it is difficult to remember common work place health and safety practices.  Alongside this, your business must be chemical risk compliant.

What constitutes chemical risk?

Chemicals have a multiplicity of benefits in our modern lives.  They help to make our water drinkable, our food edible, and they make up the vast majority of our drugs.  Despite this, there are some compounds which may constitute a risk to our bodies and our environment.  These chemicals constitute a chemical risk, and they must be dealt with appropriately.

Risk assessment

The best way to deal with the risk of chemical contamination is to prevent it from occurring in the first place by completing a chemical risk assessment.  In general terms, CRAs make sure that the toxicity levels of chemicals and biological compounds are compliant with EU legislation.  Current EU regulation ensures that chemical, plastic and rubber industries are ‘among the largest and the most dynamic industrial sectors in the EU. Together they generate about 3.2 million jobs in more than 60,000 companies.’

EU legislation maintains that the quality of the legislation is imposed in order to attain the EU’s agreed health and environment targets, as well as to ensure competitiveness in the chemicals industry.   What that means for you as a business is that the risk assessment you carry out should be to extremely high standards, and upon successful completion you should have full peace of mind that your business is a safe and viable workplace.

Chemical risk assessment network

In fact, the quality of chemical risk assessment continues to rise year by year.  In 2012, the World Health Organisation launched the chemical risk assessment network to generate a global effort in analyzing the risks to health associated with exposure to chemicals.  There are four main areas the network will research:

  • capacity building and training
  • chemical risk assessments/sharing knowledge
  • risk assessment methodology
  • identification and communication of research priorities.

Clearly this states that attention is being given to all important areas of research into chemical risk.  It also shows that there is a vast amount of research to be done in the area.  If you are unsure as to how your business needs to meet chemical risk assessment requirements, it could be a good idea to consult expert advice from somewhere like Bibra: Chemical Risk Assessment.

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