Last reviewed 17 September 2021

The HSE is inviting interested parties to submit information and evidence to support the development of a UK REACH restriction dossier on risks to the environment and human health of the use of lead in ammunition in Great Britain.

The scope of the assessment is the use of lead ammunition in environmental habitats. Outdoor shooting ranges are therefore included in the assessment, but indoor shooting ranges are not. Applying the same definition of sport shooting as the European Chemicals Agency: Shooting at any inanimate (non-living) target with a gun. Includes practice, or other shooting, performed in preparation for “hunting”. Examples of relevant types of targets are “clay pigeons”, paper targets, biathlon targets, silhouettes, etc).

Contribute evidence via consultations.hse.gov.uk/crd-reach/restriction-proposals-001/consultation/ by 22 October 2021.

Under UK REACH, restrictions are an instrument to protect human health and the environment from unacceptable risks posed by chemicals. Restrictions are normally used to limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market (including imports) or use of a substance, but can impose any relevant condition, such as requiring technical measures or specific labels.

A restriction may apply to any substance on its own, in a mixture or in an article, including those that do not require registration, for example, substances manufactured or imported below one tonne per year or certain polymers.