In the News

18th November 2015

Medical examination and assessment

The medical examination and assessment of commercial divers (MA1). This document replaces the previous version of MA1 published in December 2011.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ma1.pdf

17th November 2015

European Chemical Agency

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced withdrawal of support for Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC (C8-10)) (product type 5), Performic acid generated from formic acid and hydrogen peroxide (product types 3, 5 and 6), Formic acid (product types 11 and 12) and Silver Copper Zeolite (product type 5) from the biocides active substance review programme

ECHA has published an open invitation which allows interested companies to take over the role of participant for the above active substance/product type combinations. Interested companies should complete the notification procedure in Article 17 of the Review Regulation by the 30 September 2016. Notifications should be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), via R4BP .

If no-one takes over the role of participant, these active substance/product type combinations will be subject to a non-approval decision and products containing them for the affected product types will have to be removed from the market.

(Source: https://idp-industry.echa.europa.eu/idp/)

12th November 2015

HSE review completed

HSE has completed a review of its publications dealing with fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids. The following publications are now available for purchase or free download from the HSE website and are also to be found in the guidance section of the Simplifi-Solutions website.

HGS176 – The storage of flammable liquids in tanks http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg176.htm HSG51 – The storage of flammable liquids in containers http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg51.htm HSG140 – Safe use and handling of flammable liquids http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg140.htm

Publications listed below have been withdrawn: HSG113 – Lift trucks in potentially flammable atmospheres HSG158 – Flame arresters: Preventing the spread of fires and explosions in equipment that contains flammable gases and vapours HSG178 – The spraying of flammable liquids