Worker exposure to formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers

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Summary - In December 2017, the Commission requested ECHA to prepare an Annex XV dossier on the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers in mixtures and articles for consumer uses. This was submitted on 11 January 2019 and published on ECHA’s website on 30 January 2019. In addition to the Annex XV restriction report, the Commission requested ECHA to gather existing information to assess potential exposure to formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers at the workplace. This document reports on that latter task.

Formaldehyde was included in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) under REACH in 2013 because of its CMR1 properties. The resulting substance evaluation was undertaken jointly by France (leading the evaluation and addressing risks for workers) and the Netherlands (addressing risks for consumers). The substance evaluation on workers was finalised in 2014 with the conclusion that there were risks for workers in some sector activities. As a result the French Competent Authority on REACH prepared a draft Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) in 2016 wherein several Risk Management Options (RMO) were identified to control risks to workers. The RMOA was subject to a public consultation held from July to December 2016 to obtain clarification on current uses of Formaldehyde in the EU. France and the Netherlands submitted jointly the conclusions of their RMOA to ECHA in April 2019. The conclusions of French RMOA, finalised in June 20192, have been taken into account in this document.

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