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Welcome to the first newsletter of 2009

This year sees the introduction of the 2009 editions of RID/ADR/ADN and the ICAO technical instructions which make significant changes to the regulations and exemptions regarding the transport of Lithium batteries and Lithium batteries contained in, or packed with, equipment. Read on to see how NCEC can help.

We are pleased to announce that our second Hazmat Event was once again a sell-out success. We have already had enquiries about 2010 and are busy preparing for next year. Read on to find out about what happened at this year's event.

Our new service, ChemeDox®, is also creating interest, especially with its forthcoming COSHH module.  ChemeDox® is a simple-to-use web-based service for Safety Data Sheets, COSHH assessments and other associated safety documentation.

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: http://www.the-ncec.com


CONTENTS

1.  STOP PRESS
2.  LEGISLATION
3.  HAZMAT EVENT 2009
4.  TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO BREACH HEALTH & SAFETY
5.  REACH AND GHS COMPLIANCE
6.  CHEMICAL REGULATION SURVEY
7.  NEW HAZCHEM SCALE CARDS
8.  CHEMDATA GETS A LOGO
9.  PHOTO COMPETITION
10.  NEW LOOK FOR NCEC WEBSITE
11. LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE
12. NCEC OUT AND ABOUT
13. FORTHCOMING TRAINING COURSES
14. STAFF CHANGES IN NCEC
15. VACANCIES

 1. STOP PRESS

The NCEC online forum was launched at the Hazmat Event 2009, in Manchester.  Since the launch there have been over 50 new registrants. The HMEPO Forum is the first dedicated online forum for those involved in Hazmat response within the UK Fire Services.  It is the ideal place for those involved in dealing with chemical incidents to discuss and share their experiences.

The forum is provided and run by the Emergency Response Team who maintain the Chemdata® electronic HazMat tool.  The team also provide Level 1 chemical hazard advice to Fire Services nationwide through the Chemsafe service.

If you wish to join the forum then simply visit http://apps.the-ncec.com/forum, click Register and enter your details.  Alternatively contact NCEC on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654

 

 2. LEGISLATION

1. The 2009 editions of RID/ADR/ADN and the ICAO technical instructions make significant changes to the regulations and exemptions regarding the transport of Lithium batteries and Lithium batteries contained in, or packed with, equipment.

One change relates to the UN number reclassification of Lithium batteries.  The second change is the new requirement to have a telephone number on certain documents and certain exempted packages/products containing Lithium batteries.

The changes vary according to the differing modes of transport and NCEC will be delighted to offer you advice on how these changes may affect your organisation.

In addition to advice on compliance, NCEC can offer you a 24/7 chemical emergency response service, tailor-made to meet the requirements of current legislation.

Many current Carechem 24 customers will already be covered with their current Carechem 24 service. If you would like clarification on what cover you already have, or whether you need extra cover, you should contact Dan Haggarty or Lynn Aitken.

For more information on the carriage of Lithium batteries and our range of services, please call us on +44 (0) 1235 75 3654 or email ncec@ricardo-aea.com.

2. The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC)1272/2008 was published in the OJ, L353, 31 December 2008 and came in to force on 20 January 2009. The Regulation implements the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) in the European Union. Transitional arrangements apply to substances (1 December 2010) and mixtures (1 June 2015).  Guidance on the new Regulation is expected to be available shortly from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

3. The HSE has issued new CHIP Regulations because of the adoption and entry into force of the CLP Regulation.  Although the CLP Regulation will be directly acting on Member States, without the need for transposition, the amendments will allow CHIP to be aligned with the transitional period of the CLP Regulation and to ensure that the provisions of the CLP Regulation can be enforced in Great Britain, both throughout the transitional period and beyond.  The new CHIP Regulations will be known as CHIP 4 and will come into force on 6 April 2009.  They can be obtained here.

4. The 31st ATP to the Dangerous Substances Directive has been published and can be found here.  The 31st ATP will not be transposed into CHIP, but is expected to be implemented by the 1st ATP to the CLP Regulation later, a proposal for which is due to be published very soon.  An unofficial copy of the 1st ATP has started circulating but it is not yet on the official website.

5. The Department for Transport has issued an FAQ document to help industry comply with the new requirements for Instructions in Writing.  The CDG Manual has also been updated to reflect these changes.

6. HSE has announced that a new directorate, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate, will be created on 1 April 2009, following the Pesticide Safety Directorate's (PSD) transfer to HSE. The Chemicals Regulation Directorate will be the UK Competent Authority for the regulation of pesticides, biocides, detergents and industrial chemicals. It will:

  • Be responsible for a range of regulatory activities associated with chemicals, including the delivery of approval schemes for pesticides and biocides, REACH, detergents and other supply legislation (e.g. Classification, Labelling and Packaging)
  • Have oversight of enforcing compliance across the schemes it is responsible for
  • Host the corporate resource for regulatory sciences including: toxicology, chemistry, human exposure, and environmental impact, including efficacy

 3. HAZMAT EVENT 2009

The Unmanned Aircraft System wasn't the only thing to take off successfully at the two-day event on 24 - 25 February at the Marriott Hotel, Manchester Airport.

Firefighters from Athens and around 60 UK Hazmat Officers were among the 100-plus attendees at the event. Other delegates included police officers and representatives from the chemical and transport industries involved with the consignment and movement of Dangerous Goods.

The 2009 event built on last year's success when, for the first time, such a variety of experts had the time and opportunity to meet, share experiences and take in some technical presentations. This year's conference was even more widely attended and offered greater opportunities for all delegates to interact and learn from each other.

Barry Jones, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, reiterated the point when he opened the conference proceedings by saying that last year's event proved Hazmat [Responders] can effectively communicate with each other [and] learn from each other's experiences.

In this vein, Dave Barrow, recently retired from Greater Manchester Police, outlined how a response was formulated to an incident in which a leaking gas tanker caused the total closure of the M60 motorway.

Pat Mika, of West Midlands FRS, presented the Unmanned Aircraft System, developed to obtain pictures and infra-red images quickly and easily in places where hand-held photography could be difficult or dangerous. The UAS has been featured in Fire Magazine but the up-close demonstration certainly wowed its audience. The expression about the difference between men and boys being the size of their toys once again sprang to mind!

The second day of the programme opened with David Hanlon, of Oxfordshire FRS, presenting information on radiation and highlighting an RTC in which a van carrying packages containing radioactive materials caught fire.

The work of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and its organisation of the Chemsafe scheme was outlined by John Roche, Head of Responsible Care, before NCEC's Hugh Roberts highlighted the emerging technology of hydrogen fuel cells and the risks they could pose to emergency responders.

Practical demonstrations came from Braemar Howells, who showed their chemical response vehicle, and from Hampshire FRS and REMPLOY who had jointly developed a multi-layer protection suit for use in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) environments where Hazmat Officers could be present.

The presentations continued with Mark Appleyard, of Agility Logistics Solutions, outlining the role and responsibilities of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors (DGSA) a theme Gordon Cameron, of Freight Transport Association, took up by offering the carrier's perspective and their reliance on accurate information from the consignors of Dangerous Goods.

This includes correct classification and labelling of chemicals and Gill Pagliuca, of NCEC, gave an update on how labelling will change with the implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonised System) through the new Classification, Packaging and Labelling (CLP) Regulation.

Conference Overview


The delegate feedback from the event overwhelmingly reinforced the positive benefits of this event as the chance to network with other Hazmat professionals, sharing experiences and learning from a wide range of expert speakers. Comments such as "meeting of like-minded people with enough time to talk and exchange information seemed to sum it up".

Register your interest for the Hazmat Event 2010 today.


 4. TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO BREACH  HEALTH & SAFETY

On 16 January 2009 the Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 came into force.  Under the new Act, fines have been raised to £20,000 for cases heard in the lower courts and unlimited amounts in the higher courts with the option of imprisoning employers for a greater number of offences. The Act is intended as a legal deterrent to businesses which fail to take their health and safety responsibilities seriously.

In order to further help organisations with their COSHH assessments, a new COSHH module is soon to be available for customers using ChemeDox® Silver and ChemeDox® Gold.

Two options of the module will be available - a standard and a customised version.

With both versions users will be able to:

  • Attach existing COSHH assessments to the ChemeDox® chemical safety documentation management system
  • Create new COSHH assessments using a simple step-by-step process, supported by on-screen supportive guidance notes
  • Search easily for COSHH assessments using a variety of search criteria - for example, by substance or process name
  • Set up email alerts whenever documents change
  • Generate reports about the COSHH inventory

With the customised COSHH module, NCEC will work with you to look at what additional customised functions and features can be built in to enable the production of COSHH assessments that meet a specific organisational need.

The clear benefits of the module are that it will allow you 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 that your assessments remain legally compliant
  • Maintain an audit trail of your COSHH assessments

To find out more about ChemeDox® or to arrange a demonstration call us on +44 (0)870 190 6621, email us at chemedox@the-ncec-com or visit www.the-ncec.com/chemedox

 5.  REACH AND GHS COMPLIANCE

Did you know that you may need to provide all substances and preparations imported into the EU with a REACH-compliance letter or certificate?  A British REACH Only Representative (OR) warns that companies may find it necessary, after a shipment belonging to one of its clients was halted at a Belgian port.

NCEC is offering a FREE compliance check on one of your Safety Data Sheets, in English or French, to the first 100 to respond to this newsletter. Email reach@aeat.com.

NCEC delivers fast, up-to-the-minute advice, setting global standards in emergency response and compliance. We take pride in building strong relationships with our customers, becoming an extension of their organisation, with unparalleled levels of friendly and accessible service delivered by world-leading experts.

Several NCEC consultants advise supranational organisations such as the EU, ILO and WHO on chemical incident procedures and regulatory matters.

REACH is one of the largest single pieces of European legislation ever produced.  It is therefore understandable that most people get confused about the various terms and phrases associated with REACH, let alone understand how to comply. We have put together a guide which can be found at www.the-ncec.com/reach-guide.

If you need help with REACH or GHS then contact reach@aeat.com.

 6.  CHEMICAL REGULATION SURVEY

We are continuously monitoring events related to REACH and GHS legislation: our consultants attend a variety of meetings at national and international level. We would be interested in receiving your comments on the new legislative process. Your findings will be analysed by us and, where relevant, will be presented by our consultants at these international gatherings, in an attempt to influence the regulatory process and involve all stakeholders. We will be summarising the findings in the next newsletter.

The questionnaire is anonymous; however, if you enter your contact details (name and email) you will be eligible to enter a prize draw with plenty of prizes ranging from Safari travel bags through to some delicious sweets. 

To complete the questionnaire please click here.

 

 7. NEW HAZCHEM SCALE CARDS

With all the recent and pending legislation changes, NCEC has released a new updated Hazchem Scale Card, incorporating the new CLP pictograms.

Hazchem Scale Cards are handy, plastic-laminated cards that help with chemical hazard symbol identification and interpretation.  The Scale Cards provide information on:

  • Hazchem warning panels and Emergency Action Codes used on UK tankers
  • HIN (Kemmler) codes that appear on ADR-placarded vehicles (updated for 2009 ADR)
  • Hazard warning diamonds
  • Supply hazard symbols including the NEW CLP pictograms that will soon appear on product packaging.

To see what the new Hazchem Scale Cards look like and to download an order form, please visit our website.


 8.  CHEMDATA® GETS A LOGO

To end the birthday commemorations of Chemdata® we have given it its very own logo.  You will be seeing a lot of this in the coming months.

We have just launched a new Chemdata® feedback form on the website where you can leave your comments on both the current version along with data and features you'd like to see in the future.

Please leave your feedback at http://www.the-ncec.com/chemdata-feedback.

 9.  PHOTO COMPETITION

To start the year off we are running a photo competition with plenty of prizes ranging from Safari travel bags through to some delicious sweets.

We are looking for chemical or hazardous goods incident photos. Simply email your photo(s) to ncec@ricardo-aea.comncec@ricardo-aea.com

By sending in your photos you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the competition.


 10. NEW LOOK FOR NCEC WEBSITE

Over the past few months we have been updating our website to help you find key information more easily.

We have introduced a new Search facility so you can search using key words and thereby quickly find the relevant information. We have also produced a Glossary which covers a wide range of acronyms and words associated with the chemical industry and chemical legislation such as ADR, ASL, COSHH, DGSA, Hazmat, SDS, MSDS and many more.

To help you even further we are currently working on a free version of CSE running with the data for ADR2009, 30th and 31st ATPs and CLP (the EU implementation of GHS).  So keep tuned for further information.


 11.  A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHEMSAFE

To help you understand the service that we provide as part of Chemsafe we have highlighted some of the calls we receive to show the diversity of incidents that we respond to.

The Clarkson influence spreads

NCEC received a call from Derbyshire Police service.  A speed camera was found vandalised with a hole melted through the steel casing of the camera. Our Responders were able to assist in identifying the material used as being Thermite.

 

Location, Location, Location
A call was received from Northampton Fire and Rescue. They were attending several houses with strong chemical smells coming from the cellars.  Our Responders discussed various options as to what the chemical involved might be.

Ultimately it was decided that the most likely culprit was a petrochemical as the houses were built on a former chemical site

Smokin tanker
A plume of red smoke was leaking from an IBC in a curtain-sided lorry near Fort William.  The driver had no documents and no knowledge of the load.  The material was thought to be nitric or formic acid but, as this was unconfirmed, the situation was being treated as a worst case and the road and nearby railway line had been closed.  Nearby residents were advised to stay indoors.  We provided supporting information to the Fire Service indicating that the material was nitric acid, and supplied information on disposal companies.

Tyre fire rolls on and on
A rayon fire at a tyre recycling site in Northampton continued for several days. The smoke plume fell to ground level due to the cold weather. We provided advice on appropriate fire-fighting media and recommended that nearby residents be advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed until the plume dissipated. It was the fifth serious incident at the site in seven years!

New meaning to a clean toilet
A lady had put up to 3 kg of caustic soda and bleach down her toilet which had produced an unusual smelling gas and blocked the toilet. She subsequently complained of drowsiness and watering eyes. Although the toilet had been unblocked, the caller was concerned that her home may have become contaminated. We suggested that the bleach would have sat on top of the caustic soda blockage, causing the smell of the bleach to become more noticeable.

We advised the caller to ventilate her home and seek medical advice if she continued to feel unwell.


 12. NCEC OUT AND ABOUT

Forthcoming Events:

Safety & Health Expo 2009
12 - 14 May, NEC Hall 2, Birmingham
NCEC will be exhibiting its portfolio of Health and Safety products and services.

Emergency Services Show
24 - 25 November, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry
NCEC will be in the Emergency Response Zone at the Show where we will be showing our specialist services in responding to an emergency.


 13.  FORTHCOMING TRAINING COURSES

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

1st Response is a 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 will get involved with a chemical incident, whether on the telephone or at the scene.

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

Next course:

Date Course
Venue
Tuesday 21 April 2009 1st Response Harwell, Oxfordshire

 

 14.  STAFF CHANGES IN NCEC

We are pleased to welcome our latest new members of staff:

Moayad Almasri

I have lived in the UK for the last 6 years.  I have a 4 years BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from Damascus University in Syria. I also have a PhD from Kingston University, London in Material Science studying the organic synthesis, the characterisations and the applications of novel Liquid Crystalline Conducting Polymers.

I held several part-time posts in Kingston University as a demonstrator, a technician and a lecturer for the practical sessions whilst following health and safety procedures.  Before that I held a management post in an IT company where I gained my skills in networking and building a rapport with clients.  Time management and organisational skills were key attributes that were developed upon in this demanding role.

Maurizio Fantato

Prior to joining AEA I spent nearly 11 years as Marketing Communications Manager for MacDermid Autotype, a specialist chemicals manufacturer.  I was responsible for the global marketing and corporate communications strategy for their Autotype division, with a special remit to develop a B2B e-commerce toolbox.

Before joining MacDermid Inc., I was the Marketing Manager for an Internet Communications specialist in Oxford. Prior to that, I worked in Disaster Management and before as a Marketing specialist in the service sector.

I am a Trustee of two charities, one working on poverty relief and the other on multilingual education.

 

 15.  VACANCIES

As our business continues to grow we are regularly looking for talented individuals to join us.If you would like a career with NCEC / AEA Technology then email your CV to us at recruit@ricardo-aea.com outlining your area of interest.

Currently there are no vacancies in NCEC but please continue to email your CVs to AEA.