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21st June 2016

Rewriting MISHAP: The development of MISHAP12

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uses the MISHAP01 (Model for the estimation of Individual and Societal risk from HAzards of Pipelines) model to calculate the risks associated with Major Accident Hazard (MAH) pipelines in Great Britain. The risks calculated are used to determine the distances to land-use planning (LUP) zones around the MAH pipeline.

MISHAP was originally developed in the 1990s using Visual Basic 6 (VB6). An updated version, MISHAP01, was released in 2001. A Microsoft Excel® application, called PipelineRiskAT was also developed to allow multiple MISHAP01 runs to be carried out concurrently. HSE asked the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to rewrite the model, using Microsoft Excel®, to bring the code up-to-date and to allow easy implementation of improvements to the model. The revised model is called MISHAP12.

HSL have tested the new code using a representative set of pipelines. The tests show that there is only a minimal impact on the final LUP zones generated compared to those generated using the older models.

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