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Category: Chemicals

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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RR902 – Chloride stress corrosion cracking in austenitic stainless steel: Assessing susceptibility and structural integrity

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chloride stress corrosion cracking (CLSCC) is one the most common reasons why austenitic stainless steel pipework and vessels deteriorate in the chemical processing and petrochemical industries. Deterioration by CLSCC can lead to failures that have the potential to release stored energy and hazardous substances.

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Complying with REACH – What do you need to do?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It is important to understand what your role is in REACH and what you can do now to be sure you are ready.

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REACH consultations – Public consultation on a report proposing restrictions on four phthalates

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Calls for comments are requested on a restriction proposal for four classified phthalates, DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP. The six-month public consultation on the restriction report will conclude on 16 March 2012. ECHA, however, encourages interested parties to send in their comments by 16 December 2011.

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Chemical firm in court over major incident in Cheshire

Friday, October 14, 2011

A chemical manufacturer has appeared in court following a major incident at its factory in Cheshire which put workers’ lives in danger. Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd was prosecuted after a chemical reaction got out of control at its plant on Wincham Avenue in Wincham, Northwich, releasing toxic and flammable substances into the production area.

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Managing contractors: A guide for employers (HSG159)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Managing contractors is a guide for small to medium-sized companies in the chemical industry, but it will also be of use to other industries and larger companies. This second edition brings guidance and references up to date.

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Proposal to ‘recast’ the European Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for views on the proposed recast of the PIC Regulation. Discussion of the proposal has already begun in Europe and your views have helped develop the UK’s approach

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Occupational exposure limits Have your say – consultation ends 4 August

Monday, August 1, 2011

This Consultative Document sets out the proposal from HSE to implement the European Commission’s 3rd Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELV) Directive (2001/161/EU) through the national system of Worker Exposure Limits (WELs). Consultation ends 4 August.

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Companies in court over major chemical fire in Crewe

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £224,530 following a major chemical fire in Crewe which sent aerosols rocketing into the air.

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Offshore COSHH essentials – Health surveillance, PPE, RPE…

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Offshore COSHH Essentials was prepared in partnership by an HSE/Industry/Unions working group and describes good control practice for controlling exposure to chemicals, for a range of common processes and tasks in the offshore industry.

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Occupational exposure limits – Proposals to implement 3rd list of indicative values

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Consultative Document sets out the proposal from HSE to implement the European Commission’s 3rd Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELV) Directive (2001/161/EU). The proposed limits for 19 substances are based on recommendations by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL). Consultation ends 4 August 2011.

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Occupational exposure limits – Proposals to implement 3rd list of indicative values

Thursday, June 9, 2011

This Consultative Document sets out the proposal from HSE to implement the European Commission’s 3rd Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELV) Directive (2001/161/EU) through the national system of Worker Exposure Limits (WELs). Responses should be sent by 04 August 2011.

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