The intention of the authors was to provide support to downstream users and distributors of chemicals in fulfilling their obligations imposed by REACH and CLP.

The training package was created as a result of implementation of the project „Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemical Users – ChemSM-HUB” nr 2017-Pl01_KA202-038432, co-financed by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme. Project was made from October 2017 through December 2020.

A consortium of five institutions from four European Countries worked on the project: Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland, as coordinator and partners from Technical University of Lodz, Poland, Oekopol GmbH, Germany, Romtens, Romania and Prolepsis Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Greece. The project target groups, downstream users and distributors of chemicals, are usually small and medium-sized enterprises that do not have the funds for expensive and time-consuming training in chemical safety management. The results of the conducted survey showed that there is a need to organize continuous training for people using and distributing chemicals in industrial or professional activities, in a traditional and on-line form, which enables learning at any place and any time. It is not without significance that the trainings offered are free of charge and are available on the platform, you are currently on.

All training materials as well as key documents, including REACH and CLP Regulations and recomended ECHA guidances are available from the project hub website (ChemSM-HUB) and the project e-learning platform. Additionally, from the ChemSM-HUB you can download an application for mobile devices, which complements the training materials offered to you.

The training package includes three modules that reflects three steps of proposed training. The first is an Introductory Module that provides terminology and describes the main procedures of the REACH and CLP Regulations. It’s purpose is to familiarize trainees with the objectives, terms and concepts of both regulations, and thus facilitate further learning. The module is intended mainly for initial self-study. The Basic and Advanced Modules are next steps in the proposed training and can be used for self-study as well as for traditional classroom training with on-line elements (blended training). Apart from lectures, both modules contain practical parts (exercises) that are developed to test the acquired knowledge and put it into practice. The Basic Module introduces trainees with main issues of REACH and CLP, in particular, with Safety Data Sheets – the main communication vehicles within the supply chain. The module also contains training session dedicated to European Chemical Agency (ECHA) that is the driving force in implementing the EU’s chemicals legislation for the protection of human health and the environment. As a supplement to the Basic Module, a Pocket Guide (PG) for Downstream Users and Distributors has been developed, available from the ChemSM-Hub and in hard copy at project partners’ sites. The guide (PG) covers the most important issues of both regulations, among which the user will find a description of the core terms and processes of REACH and CLP, tips on how to search for detailed information relevant to the downstream user and distributor on ECHA’s website, how to identify the role of an actor in the supply chain, a list of actors obligations to suppliers and recipients of chemicals, as well as to ECHA and much more.

In the Advanced Module, we discuss in detail selected REACH and CLP issues. One of the training sessions is dedicated mainly to formulators of chemical mixtures, where they will find tips on the preparation of safety data sheets. The following sessions cover two of the four main REACH processes, authorization and restriction on the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances and mixtures. The following sessions discuss the classification of mixtures in terms of physical, health and environmental hazards, and general rules for labelling and packaging of chemicals.

The Introductory Module is mainly prepared for self-study, then depending on your level of knowledge in the field, you can choose to go through the basic level (Basic Module) or just skip and go directly to the Advanced Module but not before passing a basic level test. Upon successful compleetion of basic and advanced level tests (20 questions/45 min, at least 90%), you will be able to generate a certificate of successful completion of the basic and advanced level Chemical Safety Management training.