REACH is the name of new chemical regulations in the EEA which aim to enhance the level of protection for health and the environment. The main elements in the regulations are: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction.
Borregaard’s main products are lignin-based biopolymers and speciality cellulose, representing about 80% of our revenues. Both are exempted from registration under the REACH regulation, which means their use is associated with low risk. About 20% of our revenues are from products that are subject to classification according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Substances which are subject to registration under the REACH regulation undergo a thorough hazard and risk assessment according to regulatory requirements. An electronic chemical health, environmental and safety system is used for the identification and monitoring of substances of concern: REACH Candidate List and REACH Authorisation List.
Borregaard does not produce substances included in these lists. The classification according to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation of all products placed on the market is being evaluated based on intrinsic properties of the ingredients and/or toxicological data on the product. The Safety Data Sheets are regularly revised and updated. The risks for hazardous conditions and unexpected exposure due to use of chemicals at Borregaard are considered to be low.