Welcome to the November issue of the NCEC newsletter,

This issue provides a reminder about CLP notifications - including who needs to provide a notification and what it should contain, new limited quantities mark for use from January 2011, how to book your place at the Hazmat Event 2011, some interesting examples of calls received by our Emergency Responders, a free COSHH Assessment form download and more.

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

Happy reading.


CLP notificationCLP notification reminder

The deadline is rapidly approaching!

 Your registration dossier must be submitted by 30 November 2010.

The notification deadline for substances placed on the market on or after the 1 December 2010 is on the 3rd January 2011.

Please note
ECHA offices and REACH IT will be closed over the Christmas period (24 December 2010 - 2 January 2011) therefore in practice the deadline is the 24 December 2010 .

Who must submit a notification?

You must notify a substance to the C&L Inventory if you:

  • Are placing the substance on the market
  • Manufacture the substance and it is subject to registration under the REACH Regulation
  • Import the substance and it is subject to registration under the REACH Regulation
  • Manufacture or import the substance and it is classified as hazardous, irrespective of the quantity
  • Import a mixture which contains the substance that is classified as hazardous and is present above the relevant concentration limit, which results in the classification of the mixture as hazardous according to the CLP Regulation
  • Import an article containing substances which are subject to registration under Article 7 of the REACH Regulation.

Your notification should contain:

  • Name and contact details of the notifier
  • Identity of the substance, including name and other identifiers, information related to molecular an structural formula, composition, nature and amount of additives
  • Classification of the substance according to the CLP criteria
  • Reason for "no classification" in case the substance is classified in some but not all hazard classes or differentiations indicating whether this is due to lack of data, inconclusive data, or data which is conclusive for non-classification
  • Specific concentration limits or M-factors, where relevant, including a justification for setting them
  • Label elements, including hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard statements and any supplemental hazard statements.

(All information taken from http://echa.europa.eu)

IUCLID – New Version released
Version 5.2.3 of the IUCLID application is now available for download from the IUCLID website: http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu/

New Limited Quantity Mark - RID/ADR/AND has adopted a new UN LQ provision (from Jan 2011)


Takes effect from 01/01/2011 and must be used from 01/07/2011. Changes to the regulations include safety obligations placed upon unloaders of dangerous goods.

These apply to any party that:

  • Removes a container, bulk-container, MEGC, tank-container or portable tank from a vehicle.
  • Unloads packaged dangerous goods, small containers or portable tanks out of or from a vehicle or a container.
  • Discharges dangerous goods from a tank (tank-vehicle, demountable tank, portable tank or tank-container) or from a battery-vehicle, MEMU or MEGC or from a vehicle, large container or small container for carriage in bulk or a bulk-container.

The obligations on the unloader include:

  • Ensuring that the correct goods are unloaded by checking the labelling on the container against the transport document, checking the packaging, container and vehicle for damage before the load is unloaded, ensuring that the container and vehicle are made safe after delivery - removing any residues and ensuring that valves are closed, etc., and ensuring that once empty, dangerous goods markings are removed from containers.

A new chapter (5.5) has been introduced for fumigated cargo transport units (UN3359), which are often opened by workers without any dangerous goods training. The chapter is intended to address the need for containers to be well ventilated before any cargo is removed. This chapter is designed to be self contained, so it can be circulated amongst non-DG workers.

The new UN system of limited quantity marks has been adopted and will take effect from 01/01/2011, although the current marks can still be used until 30/06/2015. The new system has two limited quantity marks, both diamonds, one with a Y symbol inside and one without.

New UN limited quantity mark with YThe Y symbol is used to indicate that the load has been packed according to the requirements for air transport, while the symbol without a Y is used when the load is packed for all other modes of transport. Therefore a load with the Y mark, can be transported on all modes of transport.



New UN limited quantity mark without Y


A a load with the non-Y mark cannot be transported by air.
Marking for packages containing limited quantities.


'It will become mandatory from 2012(IMDG) and 2015 (ADR) . Because of the lead-in times involved in producing packaging, some packers/consignors may use packages with both the current LQ mark and the future LQ mark printed together. In GB, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland no exception will be taken to this practice. Other ADR contracting parties may take a different view.'

(Point 9.on http://www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/exemptions.htm)

Environment Agency plan update of PPG22
The document PPG22 known as "Dealing with spillages on highways" is currently under consultation until 22/10/2010 with the plan to ˜widen its scope".

At present, PPG22 only takes into consideration spillages that may occur on highways. The proposed document with the new title ˜Incident response -  dealing with spills: PPG 22" aims to provide readers with up-to-date information to help reduce environmental impacts of a polluting spill.

For further information and how to respond to the consultation document, please refer to the Environment Agency's website: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/green/ppg22


Emergency Services Show 2010
24-45 November, at Stoneleigh Park (http://www.stoneleighpark.com/index.asp), Warwickshire

At this year's Emergency Services Show, we will be offering 10% off new Chemdata and Pocket Chemdata licences to anyone who enquires at the show and places an order before 31/12/2010. 

We will also be running a prize draw in which you can win either a place at the Hazmat Event 2011, or a six-month Pocket Chemdata Licence.

Register to attend the event for free

The Hazmat Event 2011
The annual Hazmat Event will be held on 15-16 February in Birmingham, with a drinks reception on 14 February for those who wish to network with fellow Hazmat professional in a more informal setting.

Booking is now open and for anyone who places an order before 10am on 31/11/2010 there is a special early bird price (£395 + VAT per delegate - normally £450 + VAT).

Download the event flyer - http://the-ncec.com/assets/Events/Hazmat-event-2011/Flyer-2011-Hazmat-EventFinal-Early-Bird.pdf
View the website to download the ordering documents http://the-ncec.com/hazmat-event/

Sponsorship opportunities
There are still limited sponsorship opportunities available, so contact us if you'd like to know more.



NCEC has recently seen a surge in requests for training in emergency response and COSHH compliance. Recent customers include major agrochemical and biochemical companies, a County Council, a reaction chemical manufacturer and a range of Emergency Services.

In each instance, NCEC provide bespoke training with modules such as chemical properties, creating COSHH assessments and the theory and practice of emergency response. Courses have also included practical elements such as spill response and COSHH assessing.

The course will very relevant in my role in product and help me spot and address problems

One of the main benefits of bespoke courses is that we can train a group of staff, or emergency response team, at their place of work taking into account the substances they work with as well as the equipment they have.

Courses are always very well received; with comments such as:

˜Outlined the right essential information"
The course met my needs and more"
"Good, clear and concise presentation"
˜I learned that COSHH Assessments do not have to be difficult"

Visit the website to view the courses NCEC offer or contact us to discuss your requirements for bespoke training.


Interesting calls

The NCEC Emergency Response room received thousands of calls a year. Here is a selection of examples from the past month.

Bucket of cyanides found buried in residential garden
NCEC recently received a call from a Fire and Rescue Service after a bucket thought to contain solid cyanide was discovered buried in a residential garden. The previous occupant of the property had been involved in jewellery manufacture, in which sodium and potassium cyanides are used for electroplating and metal stripping processes. They had buried the bucket in the garden before moving out. The Fire and Rescue Service was in attendance and seeking advice.

Our Emergency Responder recommended that gas tight protective suits be worn as the exact identity of the chemical(s) had not been determined.  Our Responder then made the caller aware of possible risks such as the potential for the evolution of hydrogen cyanide gas upon contact with water, that the material was likely to be acutely toxic to aquatic organisms and that the effects of any release were likely to be severe and long-term. The fire fighters confirmed that the material was sealed in plastic bags and had not contaminated the environment. The incident was dealt with and no-one was harmed.

Immediate access to advice like this means the incident can be dealt with in a calm and informed manner with all the risks and environmental aspects considered.

Bubbling grass
NCEC recently received a call from a Fire and Rescue Service in attendance at an incident involving a product from 2 drums that had been spilled onto a paved and grassy area.  There appeared to be an ongoing reaction from the product that was bubbling on the grass. No persons to their knowledge had been in contact with the product and the area had been cordoned off as a safety precaution. It was reported that the product had been used to refurbish a children's play area. The Fire and Rescue Service had therefore taken the action of alerting the local hospital that an incident had occurred and the possibility of people self presenting to A&E due to the nature of the product.

Our Emergency Responder ensured that the necessary immediate actions had been carried out - such as evacuation of non-essential personnel from the area and that no persons had been in contact with the liquid product.  Our Responder then established the correct safety and technical information for the product that had been spilt, and advice was supplied to the Fire and Rescue Service on any hazards and the appropriate clean-up methods.

The incident was dealt with promptly, with no persons being harmed.

20 IBCs fall off vehicle in France

NCEC recently received a call regarding a spillage of Sodium Dimethyldithiocarbamate in France. A vehicle transporting 20 IBC's of the substance had left the road and all the IBC's had fallen off the vehicle (7 had emptied completely).

Our Emergency Responder called the Fire fighter on scene and gave advice on the hazards of material in the caller's own language. In particular our Responder checked that nobody was harmed and stressed the environmental toxicity of the material. Our Responder also liaised with our client advising them on the PPE necessary for clean up and familiarising them with the hazards of the material. Throughout the incident from the initial spill to the clean up our Responder was able to ensure necessary actions, such as protecting the environment and wearing the suitable PPE, were performed.

Having access to advice like this, in the native tongue of the person involved is key in reducing the risk an incident such as a spill or fire poses to the general public and the environment. It also means that Incidents can be dealt with calmly and efficiently.

Barn fire involving 10-13 tonnes of  fertiliser
NCEC recently received a call regarding a barn fire involving 10 to 13 tonnes of fertiliser with a nitrogen content of 8%. The fire and rescue service were concerned as there was a special needs school in the path of the smoke plume and some of the children had asthma.

Our Emergency responder confirmed the necessary PPE and advised on the hazards associated with the substance and with its decomposition products. In particular our responder highlighted the risks of delayed effects and the possibility of hot spots developing within the fertiliser stack. Since the supplier of the fertiliser was one of our customers our responder was able to inform them of the incident straight away and confirm his advice with a product specialist.

The advice given by our Emergency Responder allowed the incident commander to make informed decisions on how best to protect the children in the special needs school and how best to handle the incident.

Corrosive substance leaking from broken down vehicle
NCEC recently received a call from a Police officer regarding the leakage of approximately 4 litres of UN 2531 from a broken down tanker whilst it was being jacked up at the roadside. Fire and Rescue Service personnel were in attendance.

Our Emergency Responder advised that UN 2531 is methacrylic acid, which is corrosive and so causes burns to skin and eyes. Furthermore, our Emergency Responder explained the Emergency Action Code (EAC, 3W) to the caller, with particular emphasis on the PPE required (liquid tight suits with breathing apparatus) and that the product can be violently or explosively reactive.  Our Emergency Responder recommended that the spill be absorbed in dry sand and disposed of as hazardous waste, and so the incident was dealt with and no-one was harmed.

Fancy a career in chemical risk management and emergency response?

Click here to read a presentation one of our newest recruits gave at an Oxford University careers talk.

Contact us if you'd like to know more about training to become an emergency response specialist at NCEC.

Free COSHH Assessment form

Are your Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments ready for the change to the introduction of the new Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations? Read more about CLP

Do your current forms capture all the hazards to people, property and the environment?

The NCEC's new COSHH Assessment form is free to download (in English language). It asks the questions to enable your Assessor's to fully understand the chemical hazards of a process and capture them. The form is also designed to allow you to add you company’s logo for increased recognition. Download it for FREE today!


Need a pocket-sized reference guide for chemical hazards?

Do you need a pocket sized reference guide for advice on chemical hazards? If so Hazchem Scale Cards are the solution to your problem. They provide a simple and clear interpretation of

  • The Hazard Warning Panel
  • Hazard Warning Diamonds
  • Emergency Action Codes (EAC)
  • RID/ADR Panels including the Hazard Identification Number (HIN)
  • Supply Labels both Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply (CHIP) labels and, with the introduction of the new Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) labels.

These handy reference guides are laminated to provide improved resistance to the weather to increase their service lifetime.