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REACHing for a safer workplace

The University of Hull is the only university in Europe to be offering an accredited Postgraduate course in the management of the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH).

The course is for those responsible for implementing and managing their organisation's compliance in the new REACH legislation which comes into force on 1st June 2007.

Registrations are now being taken for the course which begins on Monday 4th June 2007, just after the legislation comes into effect. Once the legislation is in place, the use of chemicals will have to be registered with a technical dossier and some substances will also require a chemical safety report and assessment.

The course comprises four one-week modules delivered by leading experts, as well as an industrial placement, which can be carried out at the delegate's own workplace. The course can be completed in full, as individual modules or on individual days and costs £300 for one day or £4,000 for the full course, exclusive of VAT. A Postgraduate Certificate is awarded upon completion of the full course.

The course is being run by the Environmental Technologies Centre of Industrial Collaboration (ETIC) and the Faculty of Science at the University of Hull and is supported by the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward.

Dr David Calvert of ETCIC said,' REACH will affect almost every manufacturing and chemical process and is probably the most wide-ranging legislation ever to come into force affecting the management of chemicals. Organisations that don't comply with REACH simply won't be able to function within the supply chain because REACH
requires organisations to work together to ensure safe chemical handling'.

The University of Hull has also launched the REACH blog for those interested in keeping abreast of developments with the legislation. Email mail@thereachblog.com to subscribe to this free online service.

To enrol on the course, or for further information, email reach@hull.ac.uk or call 01482466940.

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