ChemSM-HUB Project


Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemical Users


The project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union

ChemSM-HUB

The multi-functional tasks of the ChemSM-Hub are realized via a platform linking particular training modules, as well as access to ChemSM guides, CSM glossary, help desk, CSM relevant resources, databases, websites, and chemical safety organizations.

ChemSM e-learning

This virtual learning environment provides training modules, with lectures, exercises and tools to assess training progress and outcomes.

ChemSM Mobile Application

The multi-functional tasks of the ChemSM-Hub are realized via a platform linking particular training modules, as well as access to ChemSM guides, CSM glossary, help desk, CSM relevant resources, databases, websites, and chemical safety organizations.

Training components

Basic training (Introductory and Basic Modules)

This training program is intended to help users expand their knowledge on the key issues related to the REACH and CLP regulations. The basic module, apart from lectures, also includes exercises.

Advanced training

This stage of the training program aims to provide in-depth knowledge on selected issues related to the REACH and CLP regulations. These include the compilation of safety data sheets by formulators of chemical mixtures, the authorization procedure, the restriction procedure on the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, mixtures and articles, under REACH, and the classification of mixtures for physical, health, and environmental hazards, and the labelling and packaging of chemicals, under CLP. The basic module, apart from lectures, also includes exercises.

Mobile training (m-learning)

M-training related to the ChemSM program is delivered via the Mobile ChemSM App (downloaded from chemsm-hub.eu). The training covers basic terms, concepts, definitions and procedures contained in the REACH and CLP Regulations. M-training has been gaining popularity among methods for developing skills and competence . Mobile training not only gives the trainees an opportunity to learn on-the-go, but it also allows them to get instant access to information whenever and wherever they really need it.

Pocket Guide for DU & D

The pocket guide for downstream users (DU) and distributors (D) of chemichals refers to the REACH and CLP Regulations, and covers the most important issues in the field of CSM. It contains useful in¬formation for the target groups, including basic concepts and terms used in the REACH and CLP Regulations, the main procedures of REACH, the identification of the companies’ role in the supply chain, legal obligations of DU and D in the light of the REACH and CLP Regula¬tions, the communication flow in the supply chain, the safe¬ty data sheet (SDS) and the extended SDS, the main proce¬dures of CLP, the classification of chemical substances and mixtures, the labelling of chemical substances and mixtures, the structures of the REACH and CLP Regulations, lists of hazard statements (H phrases), EU hazard statements (EUH phrases), EU precautionary statements (P phrases), signal words, pictograms, and label Samales, etc. The pocket guide is available both electronic version via the ChemSM-Hub and in hard copy at the partner organizations' premises, in English and in the languages of the project partners.

Guidance “Training Pattern for Trainers”

The Guidance "Training Pattern for Trainers" is the roadmap for the entire training process covered by the ChemSM-Hub project. It includes a description of each training session, learning objectives, teaching methods, session content and required resources, as well as access to exercises and lectures and frequently asked questions published on ECHA's website. The developed template will help organize the materials according to training needs, preferences and individual possibilities. The guidance is available free of charge to all stakeholders and supports those who wish to organize CSM training in their workplace. It is assumed that the "Training Pattern for Trainers" guidance will stimulate and promote vocational training in CSM based on the provided training program. The guide is available free of charge in English, Polish, German, Greek and Romanian at ChemSM-HUB.

About

Project


EU Project „Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemical Users” co-funded by the European Commission was implemented under the ERASMUS+ Programme (1 Sept. 2017 – 31 Dec. 2020). The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive training package on Chemical Safety Management (CSM), with mobile ChemSM application and online HUB (ChemSM-HUB). All training materials are available in five languages (English, Polish, German, Greek and Romanian).


Background


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 (SMS), 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 sers (DU) and distributors (D) 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 DU and 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.


Aims and objectives


The strategic aims of the project was 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 have achieved 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.

It is assumed that the project will contribute to the promotion of on-line training method that allow to study the topic anytime and anywhere using a laptop, tablet or smartphone and are a great alternative to classic classroom training.


Target groups


• companies (mainly small and medium enterprises) 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
 - distributors (D) of chemicals. Direct users/beneficiaries:
• Employers and employees responsible for chemical safety management, including OSH specialists, among DU and D of chemicals. Secondary group of users/beneficiaries:
• State authorities, like sanitary inspection and labor inspection.


Reports


O1 Report on interactive courses with elements of ICT in chemical safety management vs. actual needs of DU and D of chemicals.



Project Partners











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

Tel.+48-42-6314-701

Bezpiczenstwo.Chemiczne@imp.lodz.pl



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+.

https://www.p.lodz.pl/en/



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.

https://www.oekopol.de/en/

Oekopol GmbH – Institut fuer Oekologie und Politik

Nernstweg 32-34

D-22765 Hamburg

Amtsgericht Hamburg, HRB 41221

Geschaeftsfuehrung: Dipl. Ing. Dirk Jepsen, Dipl. Ing. Sabrina Errico



Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Greece, Prolepsis

The 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.

http://www.prolepsis.gr/en/



Romtens Foundation

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.

http://romtens.ro/en/

ROMTENS Foundation

Aleea Stanila 3, 032707 Bucuresti – ROMANIA

Tel.: +40 21 637 3002

Theodor Haratau – Executive Director



Project updates

TUE 3 Oct, 2017

Kick off meeting

Partners discussed draft of organizational chart, timeline of project milestones, draft of consortium agreement. (Lodz Poland)

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TUE 8 May, 2018

Progress meeting

Research reports presentation and timeline of project milestones discussion. (Athens Greece)

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TUE 28 May 2019

Progress meeting

Annual meeting (Hamburg Germany)

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FRI 18 Dec 2020

Project Kick-out meeting

Review of the project status and progress in tasks realization. (Online meeting due to COVID-19)

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Coordinator Address

Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine

ul. Świętej Teresy 8

91-348 Łódź

Poland

Email: impx@imp.lodz.pl

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