Chemical manufacturing businesses handle and use hazardous substances, which can harm the environment. The chemical industry includes producers of commodity chemicals such as organic and inorganic chemicals and industrial gases, and speciality chemicals such as pharmaceutical products and essential oils. It also includes mixing, blending, diluting or converting basic chemicals to make chemical products and preparations, eg paints, pesticides, inks, detergents and cosmetics.
Hazardous substances from your business can cause pollution if you do not deal with them correctly. You must comply with any restrictions when you manufacture or use chemicals or chemical products that contain hazardous substances. Using hazardous substances efficiently can help you reduce waste and minimise costs.
This guide explains your legal obligations if you manufacture chemicals or chemical products that contain hazardous substances. It also describes your responsibilities if you use or transport hazardous substances such as solvents, oils, ozone-depleting substances and fluorinated gases.
Important: Businesses in the chemical sector should take steps now to prepare for a no deal Brexit.
You can find the latest no deal Brexit preparation guidance for the chemical industry on the HSE website.