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In addition to providing the latest REACH news and FAQs on its website, the British Coatings Federation has also created a freely downloadable leaflet, “REACH – It Really Does Concern You”, designed to make users of coatings and inks aware that, even though they are neither manufacturers nor importers, their businesses will be affected by the REACH legislation.

As well as giving a general outline of the REACH legislation and its objectives, the leaflet sets out the principal ways that REACH will affect the users of coatings and inks, from the likely reduction of substances available and the impact of compliance-costs on the prices of substances, to the need to provide up-stream information on how substances are used, the levels of occupational exposure and environmental emissions generated.
In addition, the leaflet sets out the steps that users should take in preparation for REACH, including identifying substances that are within the scope of the legislation and gathering information on the risk management measures they currently have in place. 

Additional information and assistance with compliance with the REACH legislation is available to BCF members, including a helpdesk, seminars, workshops, group forums and access to concise management documents which provide recommendations for action and thus speed up decision making.