Users of chemicals do not always know when they are “downstream users” under REACH and CLP. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has produced a short video to simply describe the roles and different types of downstream users and direct viewers to further information.
The main roles and obligations of downstream users are:
- to provide information regarding their uses to suppliers of substances. This enables registrants to include these uses in the chemical safety assessment;
- to implement measures specified by their supplier to ensure the safe use of the substance or take appropriate action;
- to inform their supplier if they have new information on the hazards of the substance or the risk management advice is not appropriate;
- to take appropriate action if using a substance included in the Authorisation List or the List of Restrictions.
The aim of the video is to reach people who do not necessarily know their role or where to find further information.