Hazardous Substances Cadastre
According to § 6 par. 12 of the German Hazardous Substances Regulation (GEfStoffV), each employer must maintain a directory of all hazardous substances that can be found in the employer’s company. This includes the raw materials for production just as it includes the cleaning agents and disinfectants used day by day. This directory, or hazardous substances cadastre, as we call it, contains important information about each individual substance, such as quantities used, degree of hazard for the employees, and the uses at the various work stations. The safety data sheet is an important informational tool for this.
Information that is important for the entrepreneur can be derived from the hazardous substances cadastre: for example, whether work station upper limits or storage limits apply, or whether protective devices must be reserved for the employees at certain work stations.
Keeping and continually updating a hazardous substances cadastre is a basic obligation of each company under labour protection law. This task must be carried out by a technically versed person who, however, need not come from the company itself. We look after the hazardous substances cadastre for many companies and thus ensure that all statutory requirements are taken into account in their entirety. We also conduct the substitution check in this context in order to be able to reduce the number of hazardous materials in the company and/or replace hazardous substances with substances that are less hazardous or not even hazardous at all.