Use maps

A use map informs on the uses of chemicals in a harmonised and structured way. It describes the uses and has links to the information needed to carry out exposure assessments. Use maps are typically generated by downstream user sector organisations.

Registrants prepare chemical safety assessments under REACH. For that they need a realistic basis so the assessments reflect real-life conditions of use. Therefore, downstream users provide registrants with a description of their common uses and conditions of uses in an agreed manner. The use map package was developed for this purpose under the CSR/ES Roadmap.

Who benefits from use maps?

Use maps give registrants:

  •  information on uses and conditions of use that allow them to carry out a chemical safety assessments (CSAs) easily
  • advice from customers on how substances can be used further down the supply chain 
  • information directly from downstream user sectors, so the CSA can be based on realistic conditions of use that are representative of the sector
  • an effective way  to get information on uses from downstream users and distributors

Use maps give downstream users:

  • realistic and useful exposure scenarios for communication, helping downstream users use chemicals safely
  • harmonised and consistent information at sector level making it easier for receiving companies to process the information from all suppliers
  • a better chance that registrants will cover the uses in their registrations by 2018

 

The use map package

The use map package is the agreed way of communicating use and exposure conditions up the supply chain.

Templates are provided for each element of the use map package. Downstream user sectors associations are encouraged to use them to develop or update their use maps.

 

1. Use maps - overview of common uses in a sector

 

Description

The use map gives an overview of the common uses in a sector arranged by life cycle stage. Each use is described by a use name and some market information.

A use consists of a number of contributing activities (CA). Each CA is linked to the corresponding exposure assessment input. The input includes the conditions of use and risk management measures. The conditions and risk management measures should be used when performing an exposure assessment for this CA (see below).

Guidance
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Template
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2. SWEDs – sector-specific workers exposure descriptions

 

Description

SWEDs inform on operational conditions and risk management measures for workers. Registrants can use the information as input to their exposure assessments. SWEDs include suitable standard phrases that help the registrant communicate effectively with the downstream user.

Template
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3. SPERCs - specific environmental release categories

 

Description

SPERCs inform on operational conditions and risk management measures and the corresponding release factors to water, air, soil and waste. Registrants can use the information as input to their environmental exposure assessments. SPERCs include suitable standard phrases that help the registrant communicate effectively with the downstream user.

Draft SPERC fact sheet format
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4. SCEDs - specific consumer exposure determinants

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Description

SCEDs inform on conditions of use for consumer products, i.e. habits and practices of how consumers actually use the products as well as assumptions on the product design that can influence the assessment. Registrants can use the information as input to their exposure assessments. SCEDs include suitable standard phrases that help the registrant to communicate effectively with the downstream user.

Guidance
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Template
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Available use maps from sectors will  be made available here. Registrants are encouraged to use them when preparing their CSAs. In the meantime, industry has an overview table that can help.

 

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Contact

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