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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ECHA releases update on feasibility study into one-stop poison centre notification portal

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has voted to create an opt-in poison centre notification portal, which could harmonise how some EU Member States accept notifications to poison centres.

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Providing 24-hour emergency response this festive period

You would be forgiven for thinking that providing emergency telephone response on Christmas day will mean that our team will have a quiet shift. In reality, we receive a surprisingly high volume of calls, ranging from festive themed spills to potentially high-consequence industrial chemical emergencies.


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NCEC Newsletter - December 2017

Welcome to the December edition of the NCEC Welcome to the December edition of the NCEC newsletter which I bring to you from the warmer sunnier climes of New Zealand!

This month we're highlighting the need for a Freephone emergency number in New Zealand, what we are doing to comply with GDPR and we are also sharing the results of our 2017 customer survey.


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NCEC Newsletter - October 2017

Welcome to the October edition of the NCEC newsletter where we bring you the latest chemical emergency response and regulatory compliance news from around the world.

I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and if there is anything you would like us to feature in future issues, then please feel free to get in touch.

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New Zealand update on supply regulation

From the 1st December 2017 changes to the way hazardous substances are managed in New Zealand will come into effect.  

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