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Comprehensive Health Risk Study (CHRS)

The Comprehensive Health Risk Study was launched by CEMBUREAU in 2005 as a response to previous studies among cement workers causing concern about the health risks surrounding the exposure to cement containing dust.

European Social Dialogue Agreement (ESDA)

Crystalline silica is an essential component of materials which have an abundance of uses in industry and are vital in many products and objects we use everyday: Although crystalline silica is ubiquitous in nature, the inhalation of fine dust containing a proportion of it may constitute a hazard that is limited to the workplace.


REACH (registration, evaluation, restrictions and authorisation of chemicals), the new EU regulation on chemicals, was adopted on 18 December 2006 and came into force on 1 June 2007.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety data sheets are the key tool for hazard and risk management communication in the supply chain under REACH.

Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP)

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (CLP) entered into force on 20 January 2009. The CLP Regulation harmonises requirements concerning the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures in line with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) approved by the United Nations.