B4.3 HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

B4.3.1 Control of placing of hazardous substances and preparations on the market

As the Czech Republic joined the European Union legislation concerning the placing of chemicals and chemical preparations on the market has been harmonising with the European Communities legislation. The European Parliament and Council Regulation No. 1907/2006 on concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH, hereinafter Regulation) inured on 1st June 2007, but the major part of Regulationís Catches will come to effect on 1st June 2008, eventually later. Regulation is superior to the Act No. 356/2003 Code on chemicals and chemical preparations and amending certain other acts. In term from 1st June 2007 to the time the amendment of Act No. 356/2003 Code come into effect (which will adapt the Regulation), the infringement of precaution the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) can not be penalized.

The demand for MSDS are in some detail different from valid Czech legislative (for example rearrangement of some parts of Material Safety Data Sheet, urgency to quote electronic address, duty to quote product ingredients, that have Persistant Bio-accumulative and Toxic characteristics, which was then in significant extent amended by the Act.

The Department of Environmental Protection of the Prague City Hall (OOP MHMP), as the competent authority of public administration, has been carrying out control of compliance with provisions of the act on chemicals by legal and physical entities being authorised for performing business on the territory of the City of Prague.

In the period from 1st January 2007 to 31st October 2007 the officers of the Department of Waste Management of OOP MHMP checked in total 70 companies, which produce, import, export, or distribute hazardous chemicals and chemical preparations and have their registered office, or operating premises on the territory of the City of Prague.

The overview gives structured list of the controlled companies sorted by their core business activity. It was found during the inspection in eleven cases that the company is solely a mediator of the hazardous chemicals import, or imports hazardous chemicals for its own consumption, or potentially it has already suspended its activities. This means that their activities are not subject to the scope of the act on chemicals.

Inspections pursuant to the Act No. 356/2003 Code in valid wording

Manufacturers

6

Importers

1

Primary distributors

29

Distributors

28

Others

 

  Mediators

1

  Terminated activities

5

The companies rectified the deficiencies found at inspections within prescribed periods.

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