Those of you who are sensitive to chemicals, synthetic perfumes, air fresheners, foam rubber, weedkillers, commercial oil paints, fire resistant furniture and carpets, MDF……….. – or those of you who read the article by Maxima Skelton in the last newsletter – may have heard of REACH. If not, it is a Europe-wide registration, evaluation and authorisation system for chemicals covering the risks posed by chemical substances and how they should be handled – and it applies throughout the production chain. For more on what REACH does see the CHEMTrust website here.
REACH is the most comprehensive database in the world and has taken years (nearly ten) to pull together. It is a crucial control, not just for those who may react to chemicals in the environment, but for the protection the environment itself. But…. The EU does not allow access to REACH for countries outside the REACH system.
The EU withdrawal bill is designed to transfer EU laws into UK laws, but for various slightly complicated reasons, this will not work with REACH. Which means that if we cannot come to an agreement that will allow us continued access to REACH we will either have to create our own monitoring system (a massive task which, given all the other calls on government time and funds, is most unlikely to happen) or we could become a ‘dumping ground’ for products excluded from the rest of Europe by the REACH protocols.
A number of organisations have joined with the CHEMTrust to urge the government to ensure that, in whatever other ways we may part company with the EU, as far as REACH is concerned we remain as closely integrated as possible.
To understand exactly what is involved, check into this blog from Andrea Speranza of the CHEMTrust.
If you want to find out more about how to minimise your personal exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals in particular, see this page of the CHEMTrust’s site.
If you want to know how you could lobby or support the CHEMTrust and other interested bodies’ work, go to this page.
Nota Bene in this context. Jacquie Broadway has just added a comment about the flu jab that any chemical sensitive reader might want to note:
On line information about the jab says it includes formaldehyde, a derivative of mercury. I am not sure what this means but am quite sure that I do not want it.