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NCEC Newsletter - July 2018

Welcome to the July edition of the NCEC newsletter. This issue is jampacked with the new CEFIC guidelines for chemical emergency response as well as the new poison centre notification (PCN) IT tools and we're also sharing a number of new resources.

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CEFIC publishes agreed guidelines for chemical emergency response

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published a new set of guidelines for the supply and transport of hazardous materials to help chemical companies deliver best practice in telephone chemical emergency response. 

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Hazmat 2018 Roundup

2018’s Hazmat proved once again that it is THE premier event of the year for hazmat professionals. The annual conference brought together professionals from a broad spectrum of fire and rescue services, police and industry to discuss, network and share experiences of working on the front line of hazardous material response.

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Why your sustainability strategy needs a chemist on call

When we talk about chemical emergency response we, understandably, focus on the importance of providing immediate advice to prevent harm to people and the environment. What is also undestimated is how emergency response also supports corporate sustainability.

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ECHA releases new tools to overhaul how businesses submit information to poison centres

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a suite of IT tools for businesses to build systems to notify information on hazardous mixtures to appointed bodies and poison centres.

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Programme announced for Hazmat 2018

The programme of workshops and sessions has been announced for Hazmat 2018, the premier event for hazmat professionals. This two-day event is organised by the National Chemical Emergency centre (NCEC) and will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK on 23 and 24 May.

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Ricardo crisis and emergency response team shares experience in on-scene command

Experts from Ricardo and NCEC's crisis and emergency response management business area will share their global experience in delivering rapid incident response and discuss the core skill sets required for effective on-scene command during a free webinar on 17 April 2018 at 14:00 BST.

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NCEC Newsletter - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of the NCEC newsletter. This issue is jampacked with the more poison centre updates including the deadline in France for poison centre notification for businesses without an RGS** certificate, outlining the changes to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 59th Edition and the recent Tide pod craze.

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France sets 01 January 2018 as poison centre notification deadline for businesses without RGS** certificate

The National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases (INRS – France) has announced that, as of the 01 January 2018, it will only accept notifications to poison centres in France submitted by organisations that have been granted a valid RGS** certificate and which notify through the ‘Declaration Synapse’ web-portal. 

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Changes to the 59th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the latest edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) which came into force on 1st Janaury 2018. Caroline Raine, NCEC's regulatory expert, outlines some of those changes and also what we can expect from 2019.

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Financial Times recognises Ricardo Energy & Environment as leader in sustainability

Ricardo Energy & Environment, part of global engineering company Ricardo, has been acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading management consultants for 2018 by the Financial Times.

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Dangers of latest internet challenge

The internet has long encouraged some strange behaviour with memes, trends and challenges going viral, such as the ice-bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the mannequin challenge and planking. However, the need to surpass previous challenges always had the potential to reach dangerous heights. It seems with the latest craze, it has now done so.

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