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CHEMICAL HAZARDS COMMUNICATION Society (CHCS) 

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Council Members' Profiles

Chair
Gill Pagliuca

Gill Pagliuca - Chair of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society - CHCSGill Pagliuca has been working in the area of chemical regulations for more than 25 years. She is currently employed by Denehurst Chemical Safety Ltd, where she provides advice and assistance to customers in a wide variety of companies on REACH, CLP and transport of dangerous goods regulations. Gill presents training courses on REACH and CLP run by the CHCS, REACHReady and other organisations. Gill is also a regular contributor of articles on issues relating to CLP and transport of dangerous goods regulations to publications such as Croner’s hazard information publications. Gill is currently the Chair of the CHCS.
 

Secretary & Training Panel
Elaine Campling

Until very recently, Elaine Campling was Product Safety Manager of a Fujifilm Regulatory Team. For many years, Elaine had been responsible for global regulatory strategy, compliance policies, hazard communication, chemical safety and Corporate Social Responsibility at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, until deciding to start her own regulatory compliance company. It is early days for Elaine’s new venture, Chemical Compliance Advisory Services, but it is progessing well. Elaine is a dangerous goods safety advisor, and participated in several regulatory strategy groups (EuPIA, CEPE, BCF), focused on achieving better regulation before starting her own company. Elaine has produced several articles and guidance documents focused on raising awareness and achieving regulatory compliance. She was the Chair of CHCS-CLG Training Panel for many years and Council Member. Elaine notes that the Training Panel role was very demanding, but very rewarding and one that she particularly enjoyed. She is looking forward to her coming term as Secretary.

Chair Of Finance Committee, Chair Of Training Panel (Interim) & Member Services Committee
Peter Robins

Peter Robins - Treasurer of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society - CHCS

Peter Robins came accidentally to Product Stewardship in 1988 when his line of business was sold to another company which he then joined - without the Product Stewardship support that had been in place at his previous employer. He became a fully-fledged Product Steward in a hurry when in 1989 his new employer closed its European operation and he started his own business as a distributor for the same line of products. There was no CHCS to help him at that time, of course.

Peter joined CHCS in April 1996, and joined the forerunner of Council later that year. He became Treasurer in 1998 bringing to the post such arcane skills as double-entry book-keeping and international VAT legislation. Barring a three year period starting 2012 when he was not an Officer, but was nonetheless still Treasurer in all but name, he held the post until March 2021 but is now assissting an Acting Tresurer again. Peter has also served on the Training Panel (which he now chairs), and on the Member Services Committee (and its forerunner the ECSG), since those two committees were introduced.

Peter closed his business in 2012 and is now trying to be retired, when CHCS lets him.

Vice-Chair
Louise Witter

Louise Witter BSc (Hons), LL.B runs her Chemical Legislation Consultancy business (CLP LTD) from bonnie Scotland has been a consultant on classification, labelling and safety data sheets for more than 20 years. Louise has a degree in marine and environmental biology from St Andrews University and a degree in law from Aberdeen University. Louise is well-respected internationally as a consultant providing opinions on chemical legislation compliance and regulator liaison.

As a trainer and coach, she delivers her knowledge and expertise to businesses large and small on related industry-specific topics. Louise is an active contributor to industry-led communities and groups, labelling Instructor the Chemical Hazards Communication Society and a regular CLP instructor for the Chemical Business Association.

During knee-deep bedtime reading of the ever-changing Brexit landscape, Louise confesses copious cups of tea are being consumed. Besides the Brexit saga, an increased level of enquiries into the company's Aberdeen and Northern Ireland offices relating to REACH, Safety data sheets and Poison Centre Notifications is making for a hectic but enjoyable time for the team.

Chair of Remuneration Committee
Tony Bingham

Tony Bingham - Chair of Remuneration Committee of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society - CHCSTony attended the inaugural meeting of the CHCS and became a Council Member shortly after and is the current Chair of the Society’s Remuneration Committee. Tony, who is now a consultant working mainly within the areas of Classification and Labelling, REACH, and Food Contact materials, gained his experience working in regulatory compliance within the global chemicals industry.

Chair of Member Services Committee
Caroline Raine

Caroline works at the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) where she works with both supply and transport legislation, so REACH, CLP, Safety Data Sheets and all the modes of transport. More recently Caroline has become very involved in the poison centre requirements and of course Brexit! Caroline is the current chair of the Member Services Committee (MSC), and was the previous Chairmen of the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP).

Chair of Training Panel
Peter Robins

For profile, see "Treasurer", above. 


Training Panel

Helen Kean

Helen Kean - Member of Training Panel of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society - CHCSHelen works for Anthesis (UK) Limited heading up the Sustainable Chemistry function which focuses not only on meeting client’s compliance with chemical regulations (e.g. CLP, REACH), but managing consortia and supporting companies throughout the supply chain to develop chemical management policies beyond regulatory compliance. Helen has over 15 years’ experience of navigating and challenging chemical regulations having worked initially in industry and for the last 3 years as a consultant. 


Vikki Binns
Vikki joined the CHCS as a council member in 2019. She works at Meridian Biotechnologies in Chesterfield who are a niche manufacturer of reagents that are used in radioactivity analysis. Prior to this she worked at Reckitt Benckiser for over ten years in various Research and Development roles. Whilst at Reckitts she completed an MSC in Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training and was also an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Meridian Biotechnologies are a micro-company and she joined them as a Research Chemist but soon found herself taking on the role of Regulatory and Product Safety. Being new to these areas she sought advice and guidance from the CHCS and became a regular on their training courses and at the AGM. She joined the committee in June 2019 to provide the perspective of a small company is still expanding her knowledge in this area.

Kathryn Tearle
Kathryn joined CHCS' Member Services Committee in 2018 and became a Council member in 2020.

She works for the 24-7 Emergency Advice team at OHES Environmental. Kathryn has worked in various research and development roles prior to joining Magnaflux UK in March 2014, where she was responsible for updating the Safety Data Sheets to CLP and providing support to the business in the role of Regulatory and Product Safety. Being new to the area of regulatory affairs, she joined the CHCS and attended a number of training courses and the AGM. In 2017, Kathryn joined the 24-7 Emergency Advice Team at OHES Environmental, where along with handling calls on the Emergency Advice Line, she provides consultancy advice on chemical regulations to the clients. Working with a wider range of clients, navigating the challenging and changing global chemical regulations has expanded her experience of working in regulatory compliance within the global chemicals industry. Kathryn values the support received from the CHCS and is keen to work with the CHCS to develop their services to members, especially those who are new to the chemical regulations.





CHCS News

GHS Revision 9 
Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Revision 9 has been published and is available online in both English and French. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 September 2021]

CHCS' September 2021 Newsletter is now available, containing several important updates on the many recent changes to the regulation framework. See CHCS September 2021 Newsletter. 

UK Cosmetics Regulation
A new web page in the extensive set of Legislation pages on this website. For more details, see our Legislation web page[Posted on 1 September 2021]

** New CHCS Webinar **
"The Use Of Safety Data Sheets During Chemical Incidents"
28 September 2021, 14:00. For more details and to register, please visit: SDS / Emergency Response Webinar[Posted on 20 August 2021]

MLA 340 And RID 06/2021 Counter-Signed By The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has counter-signed Multilateral Agreement 340 and RID 06/2021 permitting sodium-ion batteries and sodium-ion cells using an organic electrolyte, or sodium-ion batteries and sodium-ion cells using an organic electrolyte contained in equipment or packed with equipment, to be carried without assignment of a UN number. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 August 2021]

Publication Of The Draft 18th ATP To The CLP Regulation
The European Commission has published the draft 18th adaptation to technical progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (the CLP Regulation). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 17 August 2021]

Dangerous Emails Disguised As Coming From NPIS
Beware of potentially dangerous emails disguised as coming from the National Poisons Information Service - NPIS, which include attachments which the email encourages you to click. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 29 July 2021]

SDS Will Be The Focus For Enforcement In 2023
At the most recent Enforcement Forum meeting it was agreed that safety data sheets (SDS) would be the main focus for 2023. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 July 2021]

Government Updates Their Guidance On Poison Centres
The .gov.uk guidance page on poison centres has been updated with additional information on 'How to generate a UFI if you are a company based outside the EU or if you do not have a VAT number.' CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 29 June 2021]

Webinar: Substance Identity Testing Requirements for UK REACH
The presentation and recording from our webinar held on 22 June 2021 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 22 June 2021]

CHCS 2021 AGM & Annual Lectures
We are delighted to announce this year's AGM & Annual Lectures, taking place online over two afternoons: 22 & 23 November 2021. Details and timings to be confirmed, but registration now open. For more information, please see: CHCS 2021 AGM. [Posted on 21 June 2021]

Inception Impact Assessments (Roadmaps) For REACH & CLP - deadline 23:00 GMT, 1 June 2021
It is not too late to respond to the Inception Impact Assessments (Roadmaps) for the planned revisions to the REACH and CLP Regulations. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 31 May 2021]

Poison Centre Practical Guide updated
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have their practical guide relating to poison centre notifications. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 May 2021]

ECHA Survey On Recycling Of Waste (deadline to respond: 27 April 2021)
The European Chemicals Agency is inviting stakeholders with ‘an interest in chemical recycling’ to respond to a short survey, which will feed into a larger study on chemical recycling of waste. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 26 April 2021]

The Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List 2021
The new list has again been produced by the NCEC, in co-operation with the UK Home Office, and is published by TSO. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 26 April 2021]

ECHA Updates Poison Centre Guidance
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have updated their poison centres guidance document. Now on Version 4.0 the updated document gives information on some of the sector specific workability challenges. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 6 April 2021]

Webinar: “Brexit - Do You Know What You Don't Yet Know?”
The presentations and recording from our webinar held on 1 April 2021 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 1 April 2021]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

CHCS News Summary
  • Update From HSE On UK REACH
    (5 March 2021)

  • Updates To ECHA’s Brexit Pages and Q&As
    (17 March 2021)

  • Update From HSE On UK REACH
    (5 March 2021)

  • The GB Mandatory Classification and Labelling (MCL) List
    (1 February 2021)

  • Update to Canada GHS (Aligned with 7th Edition) (26 January 2021)

  • UK Exit Of EU: Resources To Help As Transition Period Ends (11 December 2020)

  • End Of UK Transition Period – HSE Podcasts Series (9 December 2020)

  • Second Amendment Of Annex VIII of CLP (Poison Centres) Is Published (23 November 2020)

  • Poison Centre Portal Updated (30 October 2020)

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