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HSE Committee update Newsletter December 2019


During the last meeting of the UEIL HSE Committee, an ATC representative was invited to present the work of the additive association. The main topics discussed by the association’s include the activities of the ATIEL/ATC “generic exposure scenario”, as well as the use and safe handling of substances, highlighting ECHA improvements, and the new format of Use Map and the SWED template (Sector-specific Worker Exposure Descriptions).

The ATC may organize a training for HSE in Brussels in Q1 2020, once all documents have been finalised by ATIEL/ATC. HSE would welcome the participation of an ATC representative in our meetings in order to strengthen the partnership, as well as the exchange of information and news on additives and legislation, if the Board of Directors agree. The HSE will continue to invite experts from other associations, e.g. the medical sector (health and metalworking fluids, a representative from the borates association etc.). The latter will be invited because of the proposal from the “Risk Assessment Committee” (RAC) to change the concentration limit for labeling boric acid containing fluids from 5.5% to 0.3% and to discuss how the HSE could help convince Member States to oppose this decision.

The Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU) is planning a metalworking fluid symposium together with the American ILMA in 2020 or 2021. We will consider whether UEIL HSE should participate.

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