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707, 2010

Who should notify what substances under CLP

CLP Notification is now required under EU law for any substance placed on the market in any amount. Unlike REACH there is no 1 tonne cut-off point. We understand that this also applies to R&D materials, inter-company transfers e.g. from outside the EU into the EU, etc.

There is a phase-in period for substances which […]

2303, 2010

EA Poultry Prosecution

In the courts – company fined for not having Environmental Permit

We have been helping a Bradford Poultry Slaughterhouse submit a late Environmental Permit application, after they had a scary visit from the Environment Agency pointing out that they required one.

Food sites are different from chemical factories, because there is a 50 tonne per day or […]

1502, 2010

REACH Costs Nightmare

REACH Costs – how a micro-SME nearly came to grief.

One of our Self Help group members has had a very near miss over REACH data costs. The substances is a CMR (Carcinogen/ Mutagen/ Reprotoxin), used only as an industrial intermediate, so it has a 2010 registration deadline.

In late 2009, the member received what they […]

1206, 2009

CLP and Classification for Transport Changes

Gill Pagliuca, Denehurst Chemical Safety Ltd, www.denehurst.co.uk.

GHS (the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) is not only the basis for the EU’s new CLP regulation, covering the classification and labelling of chemicals for supply purposes, but it also underpins the classification of chemicals for transport. This is illustrated in Figure 1 […]

1704, 2009

Introduction to CLP, April 2009

CLP is the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation, EC No 1272/2008. It’s the EU’s way of implementing GHS, the Globally Harmonised System for hazardous substance classification.

This will run alongside, and eventually replace, the current system for classifying substances for supply, which is the CHIP regulations in the UK.
Main changes from current CHIP3
There are two new […]

1212, 2008

CHIP 2008 COMAH

New CHIP regulations 2008 and their impact on COMAH and Environmental Permits.

The latest CHIP amendment came into force on 1st October 2008, www.hse.gov.uk/chip/issues. There are a variety of changes, including a change in the rules for classifying and labelling preparations containing carcinogens, mutagens and toxic for reproduction substances; and also a change in the generic […]

612, 2008

Buncefield Prosecutions

Buncefield prosecutions, and what it means for your business

You might think that the Buncefield prosecutions are irrelevant because your site isn’t in COMAH, but the new Environmental Damage Regulations due to come into force in 2009, (see draft regulations and guidance) will make businesses of any type liable for cleaning up environmental damage whether they […]

209, 2008

LEV guidance from HSE

One of HSE’s current “hot topics” is Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). This seems to coincide with the publication of new LEV guidance, HSG 258, Controlling airborne contaminants at work, a guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV).

One of our clients in Birmingham has already been picked up on the need for an LEV to control […]

406, 2008

Biodiesel Health & Safety

Health and Safety Executive information on Biodiesel Health & Safety
At the recent Hazards XX conference in Manchester, the HSE presented a paper on the dangers of biodiesel manufacture. They are concerned about the risks from biodiesel esterification process, mainly from the use of caustics (NaOH, KOH), and from methanol (including inhalation and ingestion risks, and […]

206, 2008

Environmental Permit HAZOP requirements

There is a new “plain English” guidance on “getting the basics right: how to comply with your Environmental Permit”, which is free to download from the Environment Agency website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/basics_2002267.pdf.

This interesting document includes a statement on p9 “for the larger or more complex activities in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations you […]