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New recorded training on key topics

The Furniture Industry Research Association have begun to release their latest project, which is a series of five recorded training sessions to help members navigate regulations, directives and standards. The first session, entitled ‘Introduction to Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations’, is now available - with further sessions to be released on a weekly basis.

The ‘Introduction to REACH Regulations’ session was developed by Bruce Lovell, consultant at FIRA International (the service provider to the Research Association). Spanning 30 minutes the session includes an introduction to REACH; pre-registration and company obligations; the Candidate List and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC); notification of Substances in Articles and Article Producers; the process required to limit or ban a substance; banned and restricted substance lists and finally practical advice on chemical risk assessment.

Speaking on the session, Lovell said “When I was initially approached by the Research Association to deliver recorded training, the REACH Regulations seemed like an obvious starting point. REACH is applicable to all components and articles in the consumer market, and heavily affect the manufacturers and importers within the furniture industry.

“It’s a criminal offence to fail to comply with most duties under REACH and HSE enforcements do take place, with unlimited fines and/or up to 2 years imprisonment for breaches. The thought behind this recorded training session is to give members of the Research Association a high level overview of REACH so they can understand where their responsibilities lay.”

Further recorded training topics to be released by the Furniture Industry Research Association over the coming weeks include:

  • Introduction to Biocidal Products Regulations
  • Introduction to European Union Timber Regulations
  • Introduction to the domestic flammability regulations
  • Introduction to the contract flammability regulations

The ‘Introduction to REACH Regulations’ session is available to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here. Further sessions will then be added as they are released.

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