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Category: Chemicals

Solvent company prosecuted for decanting failures

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Doncaster solvent company has been fined after an unsafe decanting operation caused a huge fire that engulfed its Harworth base.

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RR947 – Investigation of techniques to discriminate between TDI and TDA exposures in biological samples

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Isocyanates continue to be one of the leading causes of occupational asthma in the UK and biological monitoring is a valuable tool in assessing exposure to them. The work described here has shown some progress in being able to differentiate between toluene diamine (TDA) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) exposures through the analysis of urine samples.

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RR943 – Development of analytical methods for low molecular weight isocyanates in workplace air: Part 2 – Isocyanic Acid and Methyl Isocyanate

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monoisocyanates cause irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory system. Existing methods for the determination of isocyanates were developed primarily to detect large di-isocyanate molecules and the analytical techniques employed are such that low molecular weight mono-isocyanates are not detected. The current work describes a modified detection method that enables separation, and therefore quantification, of […]

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Tyneside firm fined after worker suffers toxic chemical burns

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Tyneside firm has been fined after a worker was soaked with a concentrated, corrosive chemical and suffered serious burns.

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Chemicals – Recast of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation now published

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The recast of the EU Regulation on the export and import of hazardous chemicals (the ‘PIC Regulation’) has now been published. It will start to apply from 1 March 2014.

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Job vacancies – Chemicals Regulation Directorate

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Job vacancies are currently available within specialist branches of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), based in York or Bootle. Close date for all applications is 12 September 2012.

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Welsh chemical firm fined over dangerous substances

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Deeside based chemical company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to comply with three Improvement Notices.

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HID vacancy: Specialist Inspector – Mechanical engineering

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Job vacancy details are now available for the position of Specialist Inspector – Mechanical engineering within the Chemical Industries Division, all HSE locations considered. There is currently no close date for applications.

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RR923 – Investigation of relationship between saturated vapour concentration and real exposure to vapour

Monday, July 9, 2012

This study was designed to provide information to better assess levels of risk and the potential for human exposure to low volatility chemical substances.

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WATCH meeting agenda – 20 June 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Agenda for the Working Group on Action to Control Chemicals (WATCH) meeting on 20 June 2012.

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Amendments and Corrigenda (corrections) to REACH

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This is a list of REACH amendments and corrigenda followed by a short explanation of the changes they introduced.  The amendments made until the end of February 2012 are listed on this page.

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CD239 – Proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This consultation seeks views on HSE’s proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures covering Celluloid and Cinematograph Film, Construction Head Protection, Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes, Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances, Gasholders (Record of Examinations) Order, Docks, Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing and Metrication. The consultation began on 3 April 2012 and ends 4 July 2012.

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E-Team – A new project to evaluate REACH Tier 1 exposure assessment models

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Institute of Occupational Medicine is evaluating the different Tier 1 exposure assessment models under REACH: the ECETOC TRA, MEASE, EMKG-Expo-Tool and Stoffenmanager. The project started on 1 October 2011 and will run for 18 months.

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Procedure for applying for the outdoor use of anticoagulant rodenticides that are restricted to indoor use

Monday, March 12, 2012

In order to make a successful application for the use of a currently restricted rodenticide outdoors certain areas must be considered and fully addressed.  This document is listed under ‘environment’.

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RR915 – The major accident failure rates project: Concept phase

Monday, March 5, 2012

The major accident failure rates project is a joint venture between the UK and the Netherlands to address the feasibility of updating generic failure rates used in risk assessment for major hazard chemical plants.

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RR908 – Vapour cloud formation: Experiments and modelling

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hazard analysis for overfilling of a tank with a volatile liquid is a complex and important problem but (prior to the Buncefield incident) had not been the subject of significant research effort.

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Safety chief uses high-hazard visit to distinguish real health and safety from the nonsense

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has used a visit to a Cheshire oil refinery to highlight a shining example of a proper approach to health and safety.

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Fire and explosion – Simple guide to dangerous substances

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of a substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. Each year people are injured at work by flammable substances accidentally catching fire or exploding.

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Job vacancy details for Specialist Inspector – Process Safety, Chemical Industries Division

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Job vacancy details are now available for the position of Process Safety Specialist Inspector within the Hazardous Installations Directorate located in Birmingham, Bristol or Cardiff.

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Worker’s arm dragged into industrial conveyor belt

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Cheshire factory worker could have lost his arm when it was dragged into an industrial conveyor belt, the 56-year-old from Northwich suffered a broken elbow, crush injuries to his left hand and bruising down the left-hand side of his body in the incident.

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