Few days back I got a request asking if I write something on Use and Exposure in REACh and How SAP EHS is supported and also about eSDS and GHS. I try to write some high level information. This goes like this –
REACH legislation requires an understanding of how chemical substances are used, specifically, how they are handled throughout their life cycle from manufacture to disposal. For those substances that are hazardous, a risk assessment is required to be performed for each use to demonstrate that it is safe Expsoure scenarios needs to be preparated for hazardous substances tha are produced or imported > 10 t/a. Use and Exposure categories provide specific information tailored to the various user groups about what has to be borne in mind when the substances are used. For REACh Use & Exposure Scenario – Exposure assessment and Risk rating are carried out with Sophisticated 3rd party tools like ECETOC or yet to released CHESAR, for which the current system only the output is stored for reference.
Access the following url to see the Google Presentation on mapping of Use and Exposure in SAP EHS - IH&S Componenet.
Advantages of the model is i) Simplified model taking data from existing systems and proposed REACh – which reduces work effort ii) Mapping multiple substances to one work area – for maintaining Use & Exposure Information further reduces the implementation and reporting effort which can make the system available in shortest possible time period . iii) Existing properties and data is used, as much as possible, such as the existing Use properties from REACh and EH&S.
Some of the classes that can be used without any problem for preparation of eSDS and GHS include– Data maintenance in Exposure Scenario, customer exposure and GHS LABELING. The GHS classification data almost all the data is existing except for some supplementary hazard statement and M-Factors information.