What is REACH?

The company undertakes due diligence to ensure that all products we sell are REACH compliant.

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European directives and regulations with a single system.

REACH has several aims:

  • To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
  • To make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers) responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use.
  • To allow the free movement of substances on the EU market.
  • To enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
  • To promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances e.g. quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and read across.

REACH applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year.  Registrants must identify appropriate risk management measures and communicate them to users.

Some substances are specifically excluded:

  • Radioactive substances
  • Substances under customs supervision
  • The transport of substances
  • Non–isolated intermediates
  • Waste
  • Some naturally occurring low-hazard substances

Some substances, covered by more specific legislation, have tailored provisions, including:

  • Human and veterinary medicines
  • Food and foodstuff additives
  • Plant protection products and biocides

Other substances have tailored provisions within the REACH legislation, as long they are used in specified conditions:

  • Isolated intermediates
  • Substances used for research and development

Richard Baker Harrison Limited actively supports the targets of REACH and ensures a high level of protection for human health and the environment.  We communicate closely with our customers, suppliers and Principals to ensure its successful implementation.

There are currently 3 products that Richard Baker Harrison Limited has REACH approval for:







Barium Sulphate



Alumina Hydrate