Health & Safety Authority Brexit Advice

The HSA has compiled a resource document to inform Irish businesses of certain Brexit trade and product implications. The Hardware Journal is working alongside the HSA to disseminate this information to our members.

From 30th March 2019, the United Kingdom may become a ‘third country’. For products placed on the Irish market after this date, EU legislation will apply and Irish companies may have new or additional obligations arising from the UK departure. The Health and Safety Authority is a Competent Authority for a range EU Regulations and Directives which govern the import, use and placing on the market of a range of products from chemicals to
machinery to pressure equipment and lifts. They also provide the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), which is responsible for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies required under specific EU laws.

Chemicals

Irish companies who plan to continue to source chemicals from the UK and Northern Ireland may become EU importers. As a result, they may also have to take on the responsibility for the registration, authorisation, notification and other essential safety
information requirements for these chemical products. Such obligations arise from a number of specific EU Regulations; the Reach Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals), the CLP Regulation, (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals), the Detergent Regulations and the Rotterdam Regulation.

Machinery

Irish companies importing machinery from the UK after Brexit will be affected as they are making it available on the EU market for the first time. They will be responsible for ensuring the appropriate conformity assessment is carried out by the manufacturer in compliance with the safety requirements in the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC).

Transportable Pressure Equipment (TPE)

Irish companies using UK notified bodies to carry out inspections of TPE will have to source alternative bodies from within the EU. In addition, Irish companies who are currently distributors of TPE sourced in the UK will be affected in that they will become importers and thus their obligations under the TPE directive (2010/35/EU) will change.

Notified bodies

After Brexit, UK based notified bodies will no longer be recognised. Irish companies using UK-based notified bodies to carry out conformity assessments and inspections will therefore have to source and use a notified body from within the EU. The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) provides accreditation to applicant conformity assessment bodies (CABs) which test, certify and inspect products/services. Apart from meeting the requirements of accreditation and notifying authorities, CABs must demonstrate they are permanently
established in Ireland.

Support and advice:

The HSA is providing support to Irish businesses. Companies with particular concerns or questions can:

• Visit our Brexit website: www.hsa.ie/Brexit or
• Contact our Helpdesk: wcu@hsa.ie