The Health and Safety Executive, the Competent Authority on REACH (Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), is organising a series of free road shows around the UK to mark the coming into effect of REACH. These will be at the following locations:

HSE Diary of Events Website - 

16 January 2008 Sofitel Hotel, Gatwick Airport Agenda [125KB]

23 January 2008 Oxford Belfry, Oxfordshire Agenda [226KB]

30 January 2008 (evening only)  Rose Bowl, Southampton Agenda and booking [345KB]

28 February 2008        Maesmawr Hotel (provisionally), Newtown 

5 March 2008    London - Venue to be confirmed   

7 March 2008    Liberty Stadium (provisionally), Swansea               

More events may follow, please keep checking for events in your area. The events are primarily aimed at raising awareness and will be of particular benefit for those with little or no knowledge of REACH.  Attendance is free but places are limited so if you are interested then please send an expression of interest (indicating which road show you would like to attend) to or call 0845 4089574.

As a reminder, although its name implies that it might just be of interest to the "chemicals" sector, REACH is very broad in scope.  Potentially it may impact across many business sectors - businesses which may manufacture, import and/or use chemicals but either do not realise it or do not think they would be covered - for example chemicals in imported articles (finished goods) are covered in REACH.  Further information on REACH can be found at