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Welcome to our October newsletter.

Did you know that under new REACH regulations that came into force on June 1, 2007, you have to retain a track of all the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) you send to customers/suppliers for 10 years? No, then read on to find out more.

NCEC has now added an SDS distribution module to its online chemical safety documentation management system ChemeDox®. This module provides an audit trail of all your outgoing SDSs so that you remain REACH compliant.  Read on to find out more about this exciting addition to the ChemeDox® suite of products.

Chemdata version 2009.1 has been released and it has had a refresh, inside and out, and the database engine has changed to SQLite, providing faster search results and rendering of documents.

Do you want to get the recognition you deserve for your environmental excellence? If you haven't already done so, there's still time to enter the 2010 BCE awards so read on to find out how to enter.

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

CONTENTS

1. STOP PRESS - DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL SDSs FOR 10 YEARS?
2. LEGISLATION
3. NEW WAY TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR SDSs
4. RECYCLERS COULD FACE LEGAL ACTION
5. NEW LOOK FOR CHEMDATA
6. HERS NOMINATED FOR ANOTHER AWARD
7. A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE
8. GET RECOGNITION FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
9. UNIQUE PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION AND INSULATION PRODUCTS

 

 1. STOP PRESS - DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL SDSs FOR 10 YEARS?

Did you know that under new REACH regulations that came into force on June 1, 2007, you have to retain a track of all the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) you send to customers/suppliers for 10 years?

The REACH Regulations stipulate that each manufacturer, importer, downstream user and distributor shall assemble and keep available all the information he requires to carry out his duties under this Regulation for a period of at least 10 years after they last manufactured, imported, supplied or used the substance or preparation. That manufacturer, importer, downstream user or distributor shall submit this information, or make it available, without delay upon request to any competent authority of the Member State in which he is established or to the Agency, without prejudice to Titles II and VI.

Even cessation or transfer of activities will not release you from this obligation, as the party responsible for liquidating the business will assume the obligations stipulated under REACH!

By not fulfilling these obligations you are liable to a fine and risk damaging your reputation. ChemeDox® Gold users needn't worry, however, as the SDS tracking and distribution system is incorporated in this application.


 2.  LEGISLATION

 The CLP Guidance documents have been published on the ECHA website

There are two guidance documents on how to comply with the provisions of the new regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures.  These documents (Introductory Guidance on the CLP Regulation and Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria) aim to assist industry and authorities in implementing Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) which integrates the classification and labelling criteria of the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (UN GHS).

http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/docs/guidance_document/clp_en.htm


 GHS purple book

The 3rd revised edition of the GHS purple book was issued in July.  The amendments to the 2nd revised edition of the GHS purple book can be found here;

http://www.unece.org/trans/doc/2009/ac10/ST-SG-AC10-36a3e.pdf

 

 UN Model Regulations - 16th Revised Edition now available to order

The revised Model Regulations include a variety of new and revised provisions that concern classification of dangerous goods, their listing, the use, construction, testing and approval of packaging and portable tanks, as well as consignment procedures such as marking, labelling, placarding and documentation. This publication is currently available to order in English and French only and can be found via the following link;

http://www.unece.org/trans/publications/dg_recommend.html


 HSE propose changes to Biocidal Products Regulations 2001

The HSE has aimed to make a few simple changes to the Biocidal Product Regulations 2001. Current duty holders are being asked to view the draft proposal of these changes and express their opinions via an online questionnaire by the 23 November 2009.  The proposed changes can be viewed here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2009/e09072.htm


 3. CHEMEDOX® SDS DISTRIBUTION MODULE

Under REACH the HSE have stipulated that a system that merely requires customers to download an SDS from an organisation's website or from other forms of SDS repository is no longer considered to be an appropriate way of distributing an SDS*.

In recognition of this NCEC has now added an SDS distribution module to its online chemical safety documentation management system ChemeDox® suite of modules. The key benefits of this module are that it will:

  • Save you time and money that you currently spend on sending out SDSs
  • Ensure that you meet your requirements under REACH for making information on dangerous substances available to your customers
  • Maintain an audit trail of your outgoing SDSs

This simple-to-use add-on module enables organisations using the ChemeDox® Gold variant to ensure that both existing and new/updated clients have the latest SDSs by:

  • Emailing them SDSs from the current SDS inventory
  • Emailing them new product SDSs, as and when they become available within ChemeDox®
  • Emailing them SDS updates as and when NCEC identifies updates/changes that have been made as part of the ChemeDox® Gold ongoing management of an organisation's SDSs inventory

Interested in finding out more?

Why not sign-up for a FREE trial account - all we need from you are a few SDSs and we will create a FREE trial account for you such that you can see the real benefits of this new ChemeDox® module for yourself.

To sign-up for a free trial account or to find out more about ChemeDox® and the SDS Distribution module contact us on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654 or contact us


* UK REACH Competent Authority Information Leaflet Number 13 Safety Data Sheets, January 2009


 4.  RECYCLERS COULD FACE LEGAL ACTION

Are you a recycler who manufactures or imports?  Do you realise you could face enforcement action if you have not pre-registered your recovered substances?

The REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) regulations came into force in 2007 and asked recyclers who manufacture or import above one tonne per legal quantity to pre-register any in-scope chemicals present in its recovered materials.

Many recyclers do not realise they come under the chemicals bracket. Metals recyclers have to comply as metals and alloys are classed as chemicals under the legislation and recovered aggregate recyclers, which buy the waste for its chemical composition, also need to comply. Companies that deal with recovered polymers, such as plastic bottle recyclers, should also have pre-registered the monomer that the polymer stems from rather than the polymer itself.

To find out how REACH affects you please contact us on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654 or email ncec@ricardo-aea.com


 5.  NEW LOOK FOR CHEMDATA

A fresh new look for Chemdata, a new logo and a tune-up under the bonnet!

Chemdata version 2009.1 has been released and it has had a refresh, inside and out. As well as new icons, which we hope you will like, the database engine has been changed so the performance is much improved, particularly if you are using Chemdata over a network! 

We have added more data, with over 5,000 documents added or reviewed and updated. There are now over 35,000 substances in Chemdata with over 112,000 synonyms or trade names.

 

 

What's changed?

To improve the performance of Chemdata we have changed the database engine to SQLite, providing faster search results and rendering of documents.

Chemdata on the move!

Pocket Chemdata, which is available for Pocket PC-type (Windows Mobile including WM6) handheld devices, contains the full Chemdata database (excluding EMS information) with most of the functionality of the desktop version. The product has generated a lot of interest from Fire Services, private companies and transport hubs (ports, harbours and airports) with many copies of the database now being used in the field.

Also, many organisations are presently signed up to the 14 day free trial and are telling us how impressed they are with its ease of use and portability - "Fantastic piece of kit", to quote one of its users. If you would also like to try out the system, free of charge, complete the request form at: http://the-ncec.com/free-pocket-chemdata-trial/ and we will send you a copy of the Pocket Chemdata installation CD.


 6.  HERS NOMINATED FOR ANOTHER AWARD

We are delighted to announce that the Hazchem Emergency Response Service 'HERS' has been nominated for the Energy Institute [which incorporates The Institute of Petroleum] 2009 Award for Safety sponsored by Shell.

More information with all award categories and short-listed companies is available from http://www.eiawards.com/shortlist.php

The winners of the Energy Institute EI awards will be announced on the 19 November at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London.

What is HERS?
A co-ordinated national approach, by dedicated responders to resolve packaged chemical incidents and environmental emergencies quickly and safely - HERS is a major step forward in emergency response from a consortium of hazardous goods professionals which include NCEC, The Hazchem Network, Braemar Howells and OAMPS Petrochemical

The HERS Consortium was formed in 2007, and went live in 2008 and comprises 4 private groups providing a robust 24/7 Level I, II and III emergency response service for Packaged Chemicals incidents on UK Roads.

More information available from www.HERS-INFO.com


 7.  A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE

Powder in the Post

NCEC received a call from a fire officer who was dealing with an incident involving an envelope containing white powder, which had been delivered to an address in Northern Ireland. The powder had been identified as Methcathinone by DIM analysis (Detection, Identification and Monitoring).  The caller required advice on the physical state in which Methcathinone is found and its potential uses.

After carrying out research the emergency responder informed the caller that the substance was a white crystalline powder and that links had been found for the use of the substance as a drug.  The fire officer therefore confirmed that the police would be involved in the incident.

Fly Tipped Drums Spring a Leak

NCEC received a call from a fire officer who was dealing with an incident involving methyl trioctyl ammonium chloride. Six 25 litre drums of the substance had been fly tipped and two of the drums had leaked resulting in approximately 25 litres of the substance being released.  The caller required advice on the hazards of the substance and potential uses.

The emergency responder dealing with the call informed the caller that the product was a pesticide and was classified as toxic. After providing information on how to deal with the spilled material the responder also advised that the HPA (Health Protection Agency) and EA (Environmental Agency) be informed of the incident due to the circumstances involved.


 8. GET THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

If you haven't already done so, there's still time to enter the 2010 BCE Awards

Founded by Sir Peter Parker in 1975, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards is one of the world’s longest running and most prestigious environmental award schemes. The awards provide you with the opportunity to get the public and peer recognition you deserve for your company's environmental excellence.

We consider the BCE Awards as THE environmental award to win as it's a clear benchmark of our performance across not just our industry but across the UK business community, Nick Pollard, CEO of Bovis Lend Lease.

The closing date for entries is 12 October 2009, and entry is completely FREE. Full details, eligibility criteria and application details are available from www.bceawards.org.

Join a prestigious list of previous BCE Award winners. Bovis Lend Lease, Pfizer, Sainsbury's, Toyota Manufacturing UK and River Dart Country Park accepted top prizes from Richard Lambert, Director-General, CBI at the 2009 BCE Awards ceremony. They joined a long list of previous BCE Award winners that includes Innocent Drinks, ASDA, Unilever, M&S, Rolls-Royce, Ford Motor Co and the Co-operative Group.

The BCE Awards are sponsored by businesses for business. Sponsors of the 2010 Awards are AEA, Blake Lapthorn, E.ON, Brunswick and WRAP.

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 9.  UNIQUE PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION AND INSULATION PRODUCTS

Passive fire protection does not prevent fires but is designed to protect structural steelwork, to minimise damage to valuable assets and to allow for a controlled shutdown of critical facilities in the event of explosion and fire. ContraFlame® and ContraFlex® are unique passive fire protection and insulation products that meet the critical safety demands of refineries and petrochemical plants.

ContraFlame® JF120 is a truly passive system, not relying on chemical or physical changes when exposed to fire.  Its benefits include jet fire resistance for two hours, corrosion resistance, low density, robust energy absorbing structure as well as excellent resistance to water, oils, solvents, acids and other aggressive chemicals. Thanks to its ambient curing properties ContraFlame® can be either wet applied directly to equipment or supplied as pre-cast removable covers. ContraFlame® is backed by more than ten years of research, testing and field experience. It has been certified by Lloyds Register and, to date, applied to more than four hundred process packages requiring passive fire protection and heat conservation.

Many applications in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries require flexible, user-friendly fire protection systems that are simple to remove and refit, yet be of durable construction and able to withstand the rigours of service duty.  ContraFlex®, a range of tailor-made flexible jackets, is designed to provide high performance insulation and jet fire resistance for process equipment where frequent maintenance access is required.  It has been tested to ISO22899-1 and certified by Lloyds Register. The specially developed jet fire resistant composite layer allows the thickness of ContraFlex® to be reduced by as much as two thirds compared to conventional systems, making it ideal for use in constricted spaces. Thanks to the reduction in thickness, significant weight reduction is achieved. 

Advanced Insulation Systems Ltd provides a total environmental lifecycle support for these products, from design to disposal. To find out more, please visit www.aisplc.com or email info@aisplc.com