Work safely with chemicals, work with NCEC

Welcome to this month's newsletter.

In order to bring you regular up-to-date information we will now be producing a shorter monthly newsletter, packed full with information.

We strive to give proof of our continuous commitment to offer the highest possible levels of service across our industry. That is why we have decided to make our CSE tool available FREE. Please read on for details on how to access this great resource.

We have all heard about REACH, and are becoming familiar with what needs to be done by when, but what about GHS? We carried out a survey recently and the results have astounded us. A significant fact was that whilst most organisations handling chemical products were aware and had implemented REACH, less than a third had considered the implications of GHS.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover in future newsletters then please let us know.  We are also very pleased to receive your comments so call us on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654 or email: ncec@ricardo-aea.com.

Happy reading.

Boris Salle
Sales Director
+44 (0) 1235 75 3654
Email: ncec@ricardo-aea.com
Web: www.the-ncec.com

 

CONTENTS

1. STOP PRESS - NCEC WIN CHEMSAFE CONTRACT AGAIN
2. LEGISLATION
3. NCEC GIVES AWAY FREE APPLICATION
4. THE DANGEROUS GOODS EMERGENCY ACTION CODES LIST 2009
5. CHEMEDOX® COSHH MODULE
6. BURDEN OF REGULATORY MATTERS ALSO FELT BY EXPERTS
7. A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE
8. NCEC OUT AND ABOUT
9. FORTHCOMING TRAINING COURSES
10 HAZMAT EVENT 2010 - DATES CONFIRMED
11. CRC - A GROUND BREAKING INITIATIVE


 1. STOP PRESS - NCEC WIN CHEMSAFE CONTRACT AGAIN

The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) has once again won the important contract to provide expert telephone advice to the emergency services as part of the UK's Chemsafe Scheme.

Chemsafe is a national scheme co-ordinated by the Chemical Industries Association that provides 24-hour emergency response to the emergency services during any incident involving the movement of chemicals. NCEC, operated by AEA, has a crucial role in providing this advice, providing a direct line to a team of expert chemists 24 hours per day.

Chemical experts from NCEC have been providing advice and assistance for incidents ranging from minor spillages in homes and workplaces, to major disasters such as the Buncefield explosion, since 1973.


 2. LEGISLATION

The latest version of The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 SI 2009 No 1348 otherwise known as CDG2009 has been published.

The Regulations are available at the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website. www.opsi.gov.uk/

There will be an accompanying Department for Transport (DfT) publication "Approved Derogations and Transitional Provisions" (ADTP) and a Guidance Note

These publications will be available on the DfT website "soon". See: www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/freight/dgt1/


 3. CSE - THE FREE WAY TO FIND CARRIAGE, SUPPLY AND EXPOSURE LIMITS LEGISLATION

CSE is a simple-to-use web application making interpretation of legislative codes easier.  By simply hovering the mouse over a code a pop-up will explain its meaning.  For example, hovering your mouse over 'HIN: 336' for the ADR list will show: 336: Highly flammable liquid, toxic. The database allows searches by Chemical name, CAS number, UN number, EC Number and ASL Annexe number. Data can be bookmarked for easy access, as well as exported.

Boris Salle, Sales Director, NCEC says: "In these challenging times I am sure many organisations will appreciate having access to a free reference tool like CSE. We actually pay for some of the information contained within CSE, but we decided to make this tool available to all as further proof of our continuous commitment to offering the highest possible levels of service across our industry".
 
To access this useful database, register at www.the-ncec.com/cse.


 4. THE DANGEROUS GOODS EMERGENCY ACTION CODES LIST 2009

NCEC, the UK's national response unit for chemical emergencies, and part of energy and climate change consultancy, AEA, has been commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to produce the Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List 2009 (EAC List 2009), published by TSO.

The EAC List 2009 supersedes the 2007 list and is effective from 1 July 2009. The 2007 List should no longer be used from that date.

Duty holders are required to use the 2009 EAC List for the application of the appropriate EACs under the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG 2009) - also effective from 1st July 2009.

These regulations implement the Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID), and the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

To more information or to download the new EAC 2009 list click here.


 5.  CHEMEDOX® COSHH MODULE

In our last newsletter we talked about the imminent launch of a COSHH module, developed in response to feedback from customers, that is available for those using ChemeDox® Silver and ChemeDox® Gold.

In support of the launch we have now developed a web page  www.the-ncec.com/coshh-assessments to give you an overview of the new module,. For those that require more information we have developed a new COSHH module product data sheet that can be downloaded from our website at www.the-ncec.com/chemedox-downloads.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, the new COSHH module will enable your organisation to:

  • Save time and money that you currently spend on managing COSHH assessments
  • Avoid the risk of increasing penalties and fines associated with not having the right COSHH documentation in place
  • Overcome any problems with accessing your COSHH assessments and other important health and safety information
  • Keep on top of necessary updates and changes to ensure your assessments remain legally compliant
  • Maintain an audit trail of your COSHH assessments

In addition to finding more information on our new web pages, to find out more about ChemeDox® or arrange a demonstration by calling us on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654, or emailing us at chemedox@the-ncec-com

ChemeDox® News

We have also realised that a number of our customers are keen to keep up with news about ChemeDox®. As a result, we have created a link to the latest news, this can be found on the home page for ChemeDox® at www.the-ncec.com/chemedox


 6. BURDEN OF REGULATORY MATTERS ALSO FELT BY EXPERTS

NCEC carried out a survey at the Safety Health Expo 2009, as well as among existing customers, asking H&S professionals key questions on regulatory matters.

Among the most significant results was the burden of regulatory matters, now felt by 79% of all respondents. Of these companies less than one third had made any additional financial provision for legislative compliance, despite acute awareness (also 79%) that non-compliance could be leading to heavy fines.

Perhaps also significant was the fact that while most organisations handling chemical products were aware and had implemented REACH, less than a third had considered the implications of GHS.

If you would like advice, or help, with REACH or GHS then contact reach@aeat.co.uk.


 7. A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE

Chemical Causes Chaos at the Bullring Centre

A call was received from West Midlands Fire and Rescue service regarding an on-going incident in Birmingham's Bull Ring Shopping centre. It was suspected that an unknown chemical had been released in the shopping centre, causing several people to be overcome with the fumes and the whole centre to be evacuated. The fire service personnel had carried out some initial tests and made a potential identification of the chemical substance involved. NCEC were able to provide information on the hazards of this substance and explain the possible effects on people exposed.

M6 Motorway Mayhem

A tanker carrying approximately 24 tonnes of nonyl phenol was involved in an road traffic collision on the M6. The Fire Service in attendance had already closed one side of the motorway and needed further information on the properties of the chemical. We were able to advise them on the nature of the chemical and its hazards, enabling them to make a more complete risk assessment for the incident. We then provided further assistance by contacting and liaising with the transporters of the load. 

Forklift punctures chemical container

NCEC received a call from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service; they were attending an incident at an industrial site where a forklift truck had punctured a 100 litre container.  The fire service stated that, although most of the product remained in the container, there was a strong smell and a 50 metre cordon had been put in place around the incident.  The fire service identified the content to be Tetrahydrothiophene and NCEC was able to advise the caller on the hazards and precautions using our Chemdata database.


 8.  NCEC OUT AND ABOUT

NCEC recently exhibited at the Safety & Health Expo at the NEC, Birmingham.

There we launched our online ChemeDox® COSSH module and gave a series of demonstrations. ChemeDox® COSHH created a good deal of interest and was well received by a variety of companies.

We also demonstrated our popular Pocket Chemdata software.

NCEC also undertook a chemical safety survey from which the highlights can be seen in Section 6.

NCEC at the TT

NCEC went to TTXGP, the world's first zero carbon clean emission eGrand Prix, on 12 June 2009 at the world famous Isle of Man TT circuit.  Due to the variety of battery technologies used (there were several discrete Li battery chemistries used) in the manufacture of these prototype machines, and the associated hazards, NCEC was asked to act as consultants to assess the impact of any accident involving these vehicles.  NCEC's Chemical Risk team compiled an Incident Response Guide for the IoM Police so any incidents could be dealt with quickly and safely.

For more information on, or help with, the new regulations, contact +44 (0) 1235 75 3654 or visit www.the-ncec.com.


 9. FORTHCOMING TRAINING COURSES

NCEC held a one-day Chemical Hazard Awareness course on Thursday 23 April for 13 members of Thames Valley Police Road Policing Operational Command Unit.  As a part of the course they were also given a tour of the NCEC Emergency Response room. If you would like a bespoke Chemical Hazard Awareness course tailored to your company needs please contact paul.rast-lindsell@ricardo-aea.com

Below is a reminder of the next dates for the ever-popular 1st Response training course.

1st Response is unique emergency response course designed to help you understand what demands can be made during a chemical incident, be prepared when the phone rings and to talk the same language as the emergency services. This course is ideal for anyone who may get involved with a chemical incident, whether on the telephone or at the scene.

No other course brings together such practical and up-to-date content, or provides such an insight into what to expect when attending an incident, or understanding of what is expected of you.

NEW

The Hazmat 1st Response course will allow you exclusive access to the NCEC Hazmat Forum, where you will be able to communicate with experts in the field, as well as submitting questions to our leading trainers.

Full details of all NCEC's courses can be found at www.the-ncec.com/training/. For information on tailored courses contact paul.rast-lindsell@ricardo-aea.com

Future courses:

 

Date Course
Venue
Thursday 24 September 2009 1st Response  Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
Thursday 29 October 2009 1st Response  Hull, Yorkshire
Tuesday 17 November 2009 1st Response  Harwell, Oxfordshire


 10.  HAZMAT EVENT 2010 -  DATES ANNOUNCED

23 - 24 February 2010, Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham

Following on from another very successful conference, NCEC is holding its annual event for those at the sharp end of responding to hazardous materials incidents. This two-day event enables like-minded people to network with professionals from various agencies and is intended for Category 1 Emergency Responders, Chemical Industry Representatives and Responders and Organisations involved in providing support services and equipment to Category 1 Emergency Responders. A highlight will be the conference dinner providing you the perfect opportunity to network and reflect on the topics of the day.

Also, relax and join us on the evening of 22 February 2010 for a drinks reception where you will have the opportunity to network over a few drinks before the start of the conference the next day.

11.  CRC  - A GROUND BREAKING INITIATIVE

Will the Carbon Reduction Commitment affect your business?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a groundbreaking, legally binding, emissions trading scheme that is going to affect around 5,000 UK organisations.  By putting a price on carbon emissions, and openly publicising participants carbon performance, the CRC will create winners and losers - financially and in terms of brand reputations.

AEA (parent company of NCEC) is the principal technical adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as they develop the regulations for the CRC. We also have decades of practical experience working with companies to identify and implement energy efficiency improvements. We are therefore uniquely positioned to help you in what is going to be a very strategic, competitive, potentially costly, and very visible piece of legislation.

Our CRC emerging issues paper (The Carbon Reduction Commitment - getting behind the big questions) can be downloaded here: www.aeat.co.uk/crc.

To see how we can help you develop a winning CRC strategy please contact: Barnaby Jenkins on 0870 190 8198 or email crc@aeat.co.uk.