Program duration: 12/03/2018 - 31/12/2020

ChemSM-HUB: Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemicals Users

Prolepsis is a partner in a new European project titled “Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemicals Users” - ChemSM-HUB.

ChemSM-HUB is a 3-year project (01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020), funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union, which aims to develop comprehensive training packages on Chemical Safety Management (CSM) for the following target groups:

  1. Downstream users (DU) and distributors (D) of chemicals involved in Chemical Safety Management activities (employees that have very limited or no knowledge in chemical safety and REACH and CLP regulations). 

    DU is anyone established within the Community, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who uses a substance, either on their own or in combination, in the course of industrial or professional activities and D is anyone, established within the Community, including a retailer, who only stores and places a substance, on its own or in a mixture, on the market for third parties.
  2. OSH specialists among downstream users (DU) and distributors (D) of chemicals

Since 2006, EU legislation on chemicals has undergone crucial changes due to the introduction of regulations for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) aiming at the better protection of human health and environment. While awareness of these new legal obligations in leading chemical companies seems to be satisfying, there is still a strong need to improve the level of relevant competences and skills among smaller actors and actors with less chemical knowledge in the supply chains. Downstream users (DU) and distributors (D) of chemicals are present in every branch of industry. Free movement of goods (including chemicals) across Europe forces them to fulfill the EU legal standards. Nevertheless, funds for Chemical Safety Management (CSM) trainings are lacking and the availability of non-commercial courses is insufficient.

The evaluation of REACH and Chemicals Legislation (CLP) implementation led to the conclusion that people responsible for chemical safety among DU and also D are insufficiently trained and often lack the knowledge and understanding of the EU legislation in this field. Relatively lower awareness and insufficient legal and educational support has been found, especially in regards to skills for classifying chemical mixtures and assessing the exposure in the working environment.

The main aim of the project is to design and deliver innovative vocational training on the elements of CSM, integrated with an e-learning hub and mobile application, dedicated mainly to employees responsible for CSM among downstream users and to distributors of chemicals. The training will help to better understand and fulfil legal duties. In order to ensure high quality of the training, all materials and tools will be progressively developed, evaluated and peer-reviewed by the project consortium (5 organizations from 4 countries). To ensure strong cooperation between the world of education and the working world, the training materials and used tools will be assessed based on the feedback from target groups representing DU and D. This exchange of knowledge between education/training institutions and labour market will enable the adaption of the training package to the real needs of the enterprises.

Read the pocket guide of the ChemSM-HUB program.


Project coordinator

NIOM - Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, (Project Coordinator), Poland 

Project partners

Prolepsis Institute, Greece 
Romtens Foundation, Romania 
Oekopol GmbH (Institute Für Ökologie Und Politik), Germany 
TUL - Politechnika Lodzka (the Lodz University of Technology), Poland

Contact information 

Pania Karnaki: 
Matina Kouvari:

Services: Occupational Health

Read below the newsletters of the ChemSM-HUB program:

Issue 1 - ChemSM-HUB

Issue 2 - Training package in the field of chemical safety management (CSM): Introducing the basic module

Issue 3 - Analysis of educational opportunities in the field of Chemical Safety Management (CSM) across Europe

Issue 4 - Monitoring and Evaluation of ChemSM-HUB

Issue 5 - Information sources on EU chemicals legislation (REACH, CLP)

Issue 6 - Chemical Safety Management online hub for learning and knowledge exchange

Issue 7 - Extensive update of the ECHA Chemicals Database

Issue 8 - The ChemSM-HUB Pocket Guide

Issue 9 - Safety Data Sheets: Communicating information on hazardous chemical

Issue 10 - CLP Hazard Labels