July 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to the most recent issue of the NCEC newsletter,

GHS/CLP deadlines are fast-approaching so I'd like to draw your attention to two CLP-related items this month. We will be running CLP compliance training in August and we have recently upgraded our SDS and COSHH solution in-line with CLP.

The newsletter also contains information on legislation, free seminars from The Wercs ltd, The Hazmat Event 2011, information on how to join our team of Emergency Responders and more.

Comments about our newsletter are always welcome so please send your feedback to marketing-ncec@aeat.co.uk.


Make sure that the substances you use will be legal after November

LegislationDownstream users, manufacturers and importers are encouraged to check whether there are plans to register their substances in 2010. Substances that should be registered by the end of the year but are not, cannot legally be manufactured, imported or used within the EU after 1 December 2010.  ECHA has a list of substances that companies intend to register under REACH in 2010. It is based on feedback received from companies and registrations already submitted.

You should consult the list if you are a downstream user, manufacturer or importer who uses or makes a substance that should be registered in 2010.
If your substance is not on the list, you need to take urgent action, including informing ECHA of any missing substances. Since the list was created in April this year, only a small number of missing substances have so far been notified.

Visit the ECHA website

ECHA calls for information on the first two proposals for restriction under REACH

France has proposed that the use of Lead and its compounds in jewellery, and the use of Dimethylfumarate in consumer articles, should be restricted. ECHA has invited interested parties to comment on the restriction reports prepared by France by 21 September 2010.

Lead in jewellery: If children come into contact or suck lead contaminated jewellery, this will cause problems as the adverse health effects of lead are severe. Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects lead can have on the central nervous system. In order to protect children from exposure to lead, France proposed that the use of lead and its compounds in the production of jewellery and the placing of such articles on the EU market should be restricted.

Dimethylfumarate in articles: Consumer articles containing Dimethylfumarate (DMFu) (e.g. furniture, clothing and shoes) can cause severe skin problems (dermatitis). Currently, there is a temporary ban that requires EU Member States to ensure that articles containing DMFu are not placed on the market. France proposed a restriction under the REACH Regulation to make the temporary ban permanent.

Comments to ECHA preferably by 21 September 2010, but comments can be submitted until 21 December 2010. The final opinions of the committees on the proposed restrictions are scheduled for June 2011. Visit the ECHA website

ECHA adds eight substances to the Candidate List for authorisation

Today, the European Chemicals Agency has added 8 chemical substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for authorisation. Companies are advised to check their potential obligations that result from this listing.

Following the agreement of the Member State Committee, ECHA is adding 8 substances on the Candidate List, which now contains 38 substances in total. The 8 substances, which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) substances, are listed below.

  • Trichloroethylene
  • Boric acid
  • Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous
  • Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate
  • Sodium chromate
  • Potassium chromate
  • Ammonium dichromate
  • Potassium dichromate

For more information, download the pdf from the ECHA website

New manual - How to report the substance identity in IUCLID 5 for registration under REACH

The manual explains how to structure the substance identification information in IUCLID 5 in accordance with REACH-IT.

The document gives illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to fill in sections 1.1 and 1.2 of IUCLID 5 for specific substance types. The manual also explains which systematic verifications REACH-IT applies to registration dossiers to ensure coherence of the substance identity related information in the database.

In addition, technical instructions are given on how registrants should take into account the substance identity information specified at the pre-registration or inquiry stage when creating a joint submission and preparing the registration dossier. Finally, specific considerations are made in the case of a pre-SIEF having merged or split.

For more information, download the pdf from the ECHA website

THE UK REACH CA announces further enforcement projects and publishes REACH Enforcement Strategy.

The UK REACH Enforcement Strategy and Guidance has now been published on the REACH website. The Enforcement pages of the website have also been updated; including additional details on the work planned this year.

RAC adopts opinions on the classification of four chemicals

The Committee for Risk Assessment has adopted opinions on harmonised classification of four industrial chemical substances across Europe. The four substances are as below:

Gallium arsenide - Mainly used in the microelectronic industry, gallium arsenide is currently classified for acute toxicity and aquatic hazards by a generic entry for arsenic compounds. The RAC has agreed to classify gallium arsenide for reproductive toxicity and carcinogenicity.

THF (tetrahydrofuran) - is used in industry as a solvent and as a glue for synthesis. THF is currently classified at EU level for physical hazards, irritation to eyes and respiratory system. RAC has agreed that THF should also be classified for carcinogenicity.

Cryolites, synthetic and natural - Mainly used in aluminium production, cryolites are currently classified at EU level for acute oral, acute inhalation, specific organ toxicity and for aquatic hazards. RAC agrees to de-classify cryolites for acute oral toxicity while maintaining the other hazard classes.

ECHA begins public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling of Leucomalachite Green.

The C&L proposal report for Leuchomalachite Green has been published on ECHA's website.Comments from interested parties should be submitted via the website by 05/08/10

Post your comments on the ECHA website



Bespoke training

As well as providing set courses, NCEC also offer bespoke training to meet your legal and health and safety requirements.  All of our courses can be adapted to incorporate the specific needs of your company.

Call us on +44 (0) 870 190 6621 or complete our online form for further information and to discuss your requirements.


CLP (Classification, labelling and packaging)
10-11 August
More information about CLP training

Chemical Hazard Awareness
7 September (specifically for paramedics) - Limited places
15-16 September - FULL
More information on Chemical Hazard Awareness training

Hazmat 1st  Response
23 September 2010 - Location: BASF in Cheadle Hulme
15 March 2011 - Location: tbc
More about Hazmat 1st Response training

View all training courses
Contact us to register for the dates above or arrange bespoke training



From December 2010 there is a requirement for all newly produced pure substances to be classified under CLP (the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures Regulation). CLP is the European variant of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classification and labelling of chemicals.

In recognition of this, the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) has recently launched a CLP search interface to ChemeDox.

This unique search interface allows users to search for CLP indexed Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) by classification and by hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s) and EU hazard statement(s).

As with the conventional CHIP hazard classifications, risk (R) phases and safety (S)  phrases, this additional functionality allows ChemeDox users to interrogate their SDS inventory, for example to identify what substances on site may pose a risk to pregnant workers (H360/361).
As part of this NCEC will also be able to offer clients a customisable facility for the production of CLP compliant labels
To find out more about ChemeDox and the new CLP interface, or to have a free trial account call us on +44 (0)870 190 6621, or complete our online form.

European Seminar Announcement: The Wercs, Ltd.

The WercsThis autumn, The Wercs, Ltd - leading global provider of chemical regulatory and green chemistry solutions - will be hosting a FREE seminar in several European cities .

The seminar will be covering topics such as:

  • US OSHA Regulations: Complying today 
  • The green chemistry movement & industry initiatives
  • GHS in Asia (Korea, Japan)
  • The Wercs: Tools to comply and stay ahead

Please click the following link to express whether you are interested in attending such an event.

Opportunities - Emergency Responders

Emergency ResponseWe are looking to recruit two Emergency Responders to join our team providing a crucial 365/24/7, telephone-based, emergency response service at the forefront of chemical safety.

Successful candidates will provide critical advice to the emergency services, chemical and transport companies and members of the public both from within the UK and overseas, supported by follow-up written reports. In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of NCEC products and services depending on your capabilities and interests.

Ideal candidates will have a degree in chemistry, or a scientific, technical or engineering background plus a proven track record in customer service. Knowledge of chemical safety legislation and the ability to interpret Safety Data Sheets would be advantageous.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Contribute effectively within a team environment.
  • Demonstrate flexibility - the role will cover a 24 hour rotating shift pattern

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with the energy, motivation and enthusiasm to champion emergency response and further consultancy services that really make a difference to our customers.

In return for your commitment, drive and focus, we offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package, plus the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field. To express your interest in joining our prestigious organisation please send your CV and covering letter to kay.timms@aeat.co.uk by Friday 23rd July 2010.

The AEA group strives to be an equal opportunities employer

Chemdata 2010.1 Released

Chemdata 2010.1 has now been released to existing users via our Customer Portal. The latest release contains over 38,000 substances with over 123,000 synonyms or trade names.  The release was carried out via our new Customer Portal. The portal has been well received by our customers and has helped us to achieve Green Sustainability Status with one of our customers!  

Calls from the ER room

Furniture and tyre fire

NCEC was recently contacted by a Fire and Rescue Service regarding a fire at a warehouse containing furniture and an unknown number of tyres.  Our Emergency Responders were able to provide information on the most common types of foam used in furniture production, as well as information on the thermal decomposition of these products. Advice was given on the physiochemical properties of the gases evolved and the potential hazards and environmenal impacts.
Information like this is not often available at a scene. NCEC were able to provide information about potential risks to ground staff allowing the scene responders to make informed decsions on how to deal with the incident.

Anydrous Ammonia Leak

We recently received a call regarding an anhydrous ammonia leak on an industrial estate resulting in thirteen possible casulties. Fire and Rescue teams required our expertise in emergency response as they wanted to ensure the incident was dealt with in the safest possible manner.
The incident response plan was to use water to knock down the vapours. NCEC Emergency Responders informed the response team that whilst the water spray knock down method and further dilutions would reduce the immediate vapour hazard, the subsequent run-off water would pose an environmental risk, so all drains and access to watercourses would have to be sealed and the run-off water retained and disposed of as hazardous waste.
The Emergency Responder also identified that many roller-doors at industrial establishments would not provide adequate protection to persons inside the units who may be down wind of the vapours, advising the caller to include this in the incident response plan and that persons, particularly those down wind of the incident.