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9th May 2016

ECHA approve three active substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced that The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) has adopted 15 opinions supporting the approval of six active substances for use in biocidal products used for human and veterinary hygiene and as preservatives. The active substances are: • Chlorocresol for product-types 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 and 13 • ATMAC/TMAC for product-type 8 • Burnt lime; hydrated lime; burnt dolomitic lime; and hydrated dolomitic lime for product-types 2 and 3

6th May 2016

New polar research ship named

UK’s £200 million Polar Research Ship named in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

The £200 million ship, being built in the UK on Merseyside, is due to set sail in 2019. Tonne for tonne, it will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world, conducting vital research into the world’s oceans and how we address climate change.

As the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract in Britain, the construction of RRS Sir David Attenborough is supporting 400 jobs and 60 apprenticeships


4th May 2016

HSE Guidance L65 – Third edition

Prevention of fire and explosion, and emergency response on offshore installations.

In this third edition, the ACOP text and associated guidance have been updated and simplified, where appropriate. The main changes have been widely consulted on and include:

emphasising when developing an approach to fire and explosion hazard management, consideration is given to ‘timely detection’ of occurred events and the ‘appropriate reporting and recording of them’; when undertaking a regulation 5 assessment, clarification is given that releases of toxic or asphyxiating gases with the potential to require evacuation, escape and rescue are included. Also, guidance is given on considerations associated with the provision of totally enclosed motor-propelled survival craft; guidance covering when a repeat assessment could be required when changes including improvements are introduced following the initial assessment; and a clearer definition of a ‘performance standard’; adding suitable detection systems for asphyxiating atmospheres to the list of illustrative detection arrangements and providing a further explanation of detection systems, alarm settings and their capabilities; the temporary refuge survival time should be adequately defined in the emergency response plan and events likely to compromise temporary refuge integrity need to be identified and addressed.