What is an exposure scenario?

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About exposure scenarios

An exposure scenario describes how chemicals may be used and manufactured, so that the risks are controlled throughout the entire life cycle. Exposure scenarios are regulated by REACH, just like safety data sheets, which means that this article is primarily aimed at customers operating within Europe.

An exposure scenario is created by the manufacturer/importer of a substance, and is required when manufactured/registrable substances are registered in volumes over ten tonnes per year. The substance must also be classified as hazardous or considered a PBT or vPvB substance (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances or very persistent and very bioaccumulative substances). Therfore, not all products that are placed on the market, have an exposure scenario.

An exposure scenario can be a separate document or an addendum to regular safety data sheets, a so-called extended safety data sheet. For mixtures, an exposure scenario is required for those classified as hazardous and containing substances registered in volumes above 10 tonnes per year.

What do I do if the product I use is covered by an exposure scenario?

First, check section 1.2 of the product SDS to answer the question: Is our use included there?

If yes, compare the conditions for safe use between your use and what is described in the exposure scenario. Ask the supplier if it is uncertain/unclear.

If your use of the product is not included in section 1.2, you can first contact the supplier and ask them to include your terms of use in the SDS. You can also adapt your use, look for another supplier, substitute the substance/product or alternatively do a downstream chemical safety assessment according to REACH article 37.

While efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, this translation may not be entirely error-free. Please consider this when interpreting the information.

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