REACH for the cleaning supply chain

Distributors and contract cleaners to find out what they need to know at June conference

Supported by Tomorrow’s Cleaning

REACH is a business-critical issue for companies in the cleaning and hygiene sector. In force now, the regulation places new responsibilities on the users of cleaning chemicals and increases the burden of data management on the supply chain.

To help businesses in the sector adapt and respond the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) and the British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS) are hosting a conference – “REACH for the cleaning supply chain” – on Tuesday 21 June at the Lea Marston Hotel in the West Midlands.

As well as presentations from experts, delegates will get their questions answered during a panel discussion involving a representative from the Health & Safety Executive.

Those who want to attend the conference should email the BACS Secretariat at

“REACH is bringing fundamental change to the cleaning and hygiene sector,” said Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and Managing Director of Harrison Wipes. “The impact of REACH and related regulations is spreading. They affect which chemicals can be used where and by whom, the obligation to communicate critical information and the content and format of data sheets.

“The experience of other industries is of active ingredients not being supported and specific challenges no longer having a solution. For contract cleaners and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products, consequences like these could have serious, business-critical implications.

“This conference will cut through the confusion and give distributors and contract cleaners the practical information they need to adapt and respond.”

Expert speakers will address the conference on key topics:

REACH, COSHH and CLP – how do they fit together?

End users have responsibilities to perform COSHH assessments, partially based on the label information provided by CLP. Peter Woodhead, Technical Director of Selden Research and past chairman of BACS will cover the new obligations on all those in the supply chain.

Scope, responsibilities and deadlines – who has to do what and when?

Martina Williams of BACS will explain which chemicals trigger REACH obligations, who is responsible for which obligations, how long ingredient manufacturers, product formulators, distributors and end users have to comply and the threats to continuity of supply from the final ingredient deadline.

Safety data sheets – what triggers changes and how frequently can we expect them?

Over the next decade new information will be generated for about 100,000 chemicals. The principal method of communicating change will be data sheets. Simon Bradshaw, director of Lisam Systems will explain what constitutes a significant change and how to respond.

Critical information not in the safety data sheet – what are the options to communicate it?

Data sheets may not always be the most efficient method of communication. Randi Hanstveit of Sealed Air will explore some of the alternatives.

The future of managing cleaning chemicals in the supply chain

A representative from another industry association will conclude the conference, providing the perspective of an industry several years ahead of the cleaning and hygiene sector in terms of the roll out of specific chemical legislation.

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