In 18 december 2006 European Union admitted new chemical legislation called REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.
By REACH suppliers of chemicals must provide an up to date safety data sheet if a substance is ‘dangerous for supply’.
Safety data sheets provide information on chemical products that help users of those chemicals to make a risk assessment. They describe the hazards the chemical presents, and give information on handling, storage and emergency measures in case of accident.
All safety data sheets must contain information set out under 16 headings. All safety data sheets must be in official language.