Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemical Users
The project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union<
In this virtual learning environment, there will be place for training modules and assessment tools to evaluate users performance.
Hub functionalities will be realized by interconnection of learning modules, knowledge exchange place with CSM relevant resources, databases, institutions and websites.
In this application basic reference material will be presented. Application will be supporting consortium languages.
The basic training program will be designed to enchance knowledge on key issues relating to the classification and labeling of chemicals.
The aim of this activity is to create, develop and evaluate the training materials and make those accessible to the target group of employees.
In this application basic reference material will be presented with course reference material and dictionary.
Evaluation of the training package will be provided by OSH specialists from target group of DU and D from each partner country.
Training components will include presentation, assignments, analysis tasks, case studies and scenarios.
Additionally the pocket guide with the most important issues of the training will be developed.
In 2007, Regulation 1907/2006, commonly referred to as REACH, was introduced, which completely changed the paradigm in the approach to managing chemical safety in workplaces . The scope of the REACH Regulation covers processes, such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction on Chemicals. The most important and fundamental novelty was the transfer of the burden of responsibility for chemical safety from Member States to companies. Under the REACH Regulation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMSs), that cannot afford to hire a specialist in the field of chemical safety management (CSM), have the same tasks as large companies and cannot be exempted from any chemical safety obligations.
Two years after implementation of the REACH, next complex regulation came into force; Regulation No 1272/2008, so-called CLP. The provisions of REACH and CLP complement each other. The REACH defines the company’s obligations depending on the role it plays in the supply chain, while the CLP – its obligations related to the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of chemicals. Under the new provisions, the obligations of all companies in the supply chain have been changed. Manufacturers and importers that place chemicals on the market must ensure the safety of all operators in the supply chain, adequately informing them of the risks and defining risk management measures. New responsibilities have been imposed on all actors in the supply chain, including downstream users and distributors of chemicals – the numerically largest groups of companies in the supply chains that are present in every industry. Most of downstream users and distributors of chemicals belong to the sector of small and medium sized enterprises, that have limited resources for expensive and time-consuming trainings, and what more the offer of non-commercial trainings in the field of CSM is insufficient.
Assessment of the state of implementation of REACH and CLP leads to the conclusion that either people responsible for chemical safety among downstream users (DU) and distributors (D) of chemicals are insufficiently trained or lack the knowledge and understanding of EU legislation in this field. There is a widespread belief that the new EU regulatory framework for chemicals is too complex and, moreover the regulations change over time, causing additional problems for companies.
Companies report problems with defining their legal obligations under REACH and CLP and insufficient skills and knowledge, e.g. in the field of correct preparation of safety data sheets and exposure scenarios, proper communication of information in the supply chain on the safe use of chemical substances and mixtures, classification of chemical mixtures and assessment exposure in the work environment.
An initial survey conducted by our project team and an assessment of the needs of workplaces for training in chemical safety management showed that the demand in this area is high. In response to such needs, the team of the Chemical Safety Department of the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Łódź, Poland together with the Łódź University of Technology, Poland and partners from Germany (Oekopol Institute), Romania (Romtens Foundation) and Greece (Prolepsis Institute), completed a 3½ years ( 01/09/2017 - 31/12/2020) the project "Training Center for Chemical Safety Management for users of chemicals - ChemSM-Hub" co-financed by European funds under the EU Erasmus + program.
Aims and objectives
The strategic aims of the project are to strengthen competences of target groups in the field of chemical safety management (CSM), increase awareness of relevant professional communities on the European legislation on CSM (REACH, CLP), enhance trainers’ skills in creating and conducting training in CSM in partner countries. We intend to achieve the above aims by providing free access to innovative, comprehensive training program available from the e-learning platform (ChemSM-Hub) that was designed for both self-education and blended training. The project is expected to increase knowledge concerning the downstream users obligations imposed on them under REACH and CLP, including adaptation of safety data sheets for chemical mixtures to new legal requirements, the main procedures of REACH and CLP, and various sources of information necessary for the work of downstream users and distributors of chemicals, including the website of the European Chemicals Agency.
It is assumed that the project will contribute to the promotion of online training methods that are not institutionalized but depend on the individual needs and time of the people concerned. The creation of such modern training hub for employees working with chemicals will increase their qualifications and market competitiveness. It is assumed that the ChemSM-Hub will enable to study the subject at any time and place using a laptop, tablet or smartphone and will be a great alternative to classic classroom training.
Based on the state-of-the-art analysis, it has been established that large chemical companies are usually very well prepared to fulfill the obligations under REACH and CLP, while among DU and D of chemicals there are many small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with much less awareness of chemical hazards, not having funds for training and often without external support. The above-mentioned became the basis for selecting the project target groups.
The project target groups are companies that belong to the category of downstream users (DU) of chemicals that include professional and industrial chemical users, formulators, fillers, article producers, craftsmen, service providers, distributors of chemicals as well as distributors (D) of chemicals, mainly small and medium enterprises.
employers and employees responsible for chemical safety management, including OSH specialists, among downstream users and distributors of chemicals.
Secondary group of users/beneficiaries:
state authorities, like sanitary inspection and labor inspection.
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz (NIOM)
Institute was founded in 1954. It is a scientific-research institution that deals, in general, with the issues of public and environmental health with special emphasis on subjects associated with broadly understood occupational medicine. The elementary task of the Institute is to perform scientific research as well as to conduct implementation and expertise works in the field of occupational and environmental health hazards and risks. In the realization of its tasks the Institute cooperates with universities, the Polish Academy of Sciences, research institutes and other scientific units, scientific and occupational associations, non-governmental organizations, healthcare units in the country as well as with equivalent organizations and institutions abroad. http://www.imp.lodz.pl/home_en/ Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine – NIOM
Department of Chemical Safety
Św. Teresy od Dzieciątka Jezus
91-348, Łódź – POLAND
Lodz University of Technology (TUL)
Started 1945 as governmental, public body. More than 21000 students are currently studying at the University (including 800 PhD students). The educational and scientific tasks of the University are carried out by about 3,000 staff members. TUL is a leader in research on numerous areas of science and technology in Poland and abroad. A large number of the research concerns applications of new IT technologies in the areas of biotechnology, electronics, telecommunication, computer science, materials engineering, technologies and nanotechnologies, medicine, environmental protection, biomedical engineering, textile engineering, etc. TUL cooperates with over 300 institutions in 40 countries. It takes part in EU Framework Programs (15 projects in FP5, 30 in FP6, 23 in FP7) and in Horizon 2020, Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus+.
Oekopol GmbH (Institute für Ökologie und Politik)Is a well-known environmental-focused consulting group based in Germany, active at the European level for over 25 years. Ökopol’s experts work on a broad variety of environmentally relevant areas including chemicals’ legislation, waste management and waste legislation, prevention and control of industrial installations and policies on environmentally sound products, in order to assist with conservation of resources and to limit the use of hazardous substances.
Oekopol GmbH – Institut fuer Oekologie und Politik
Amtsgericht Hamburg, HRB 41221
Geschaeftsfuehrung: Dipl. Ing. Dirk Jepsen, Dipl. Ing. Sabrina Errico
Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Greece, ProlepsisIS a civil non for profit organization, was established in 1990 in Athens. With a strong belief in health being a fundamental right, Prolepsis has undertaken a leading role in the field of public health, by designing and implementing initiatives on various health issues and in different sectors (e.g. education, workplace) targeting a wide range of audiences, such as children and adolescents, women, migrants, and the elderly, and different types of occupational groups, such as health professionals, as well as policy makers, other NGOs and decision makers. As a coordinator or a partner Prolepsis has participated in approximately 50 EU co-funded and numerous national projects implementing research, applied and educational initiatives, aiming at health promotion and education of the public, policy change and tackling health inequalities.
It is a nongovernmental organization with more than 20 years’ experience in Workplace Health Promotion. It is the first Romanian organization that organized such activities on national level and the only Romanian organization member of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion. At the same time, in the last 10 years, we have gathered expertise – nationally and at the European level – regarding programs and projects evaluation & monitoring, having been evaluated more than 60 training courses (Kirkpatrick model) and over 100 informing and education campaigns, 10 websites, as well as research programs, public policies and organizations. In the last 18 years, Romtens organized accredited training courses for physicians, managers and employees for more than 4000 participants.
Aleea Stanila 3, 032707 Bucuresti – ROMANIA
Tel.: +40 21 637 3002
Theodor Haratau – Executive Director
TUE 3 Oct, 2017
Partners discussed draft of organizational chart, timeline of project milestones, draft of consortium agreement. (Lodz Poland)
TUE 8 May, 2018
Research reports presentation and timeline of project milestones discussion. (Athens Greece)
TUE 28 May 2019
Annual meeting (Hamburg Germany)
Late 2020 (Planned meeting)
Project outputs analysis (Bucharest Romania)