KrakÃ³w, Poland - Representatives from Chemical employers, chemical workers and the chemical industry have announced a joint position on the forthcoming European legislation known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals).
The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG), the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers Federation (EMCEF) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) released a joint statement saying, "a workable authorisation process should propose substitution when risk cannot be adequately controlled by proper management, where an alternative substance exists and social and economic conditions allow".
The statement continued, "The social partners therefore call legislators to give priority in the second reading to the main objectives of REACH, health and environment, by combining safety and workability and to confirm the results achieved so far in the Council's political agreement in order to make REACH a success."
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Press release from Cefic