Chemical Emergency & Risk Management

Supporting global supply chains in Asia and Australia

Posted by Jon Gibbard, NCEC Practice Director on 21 October 2015

The UK National Chemical Emergency Centre’s Jon Gibbard and Giles Hobson spent 10 days in late September and early October travelling across South East Asia and Australia meeting with clients and colleagues and sharing best practice in chemical emergency response across the region. Now they’re back and sharing the lessons learned in Asia with the wider Ricardo Energy & Environment team in the UK

EU poison centres and the current CLP debate

Posted by Jon Gibbard on 10 February 2014

In Europe, there is a requirement under REACH to include emergency telephone numbers on SDS and, where a Member State has appointed an official advisory body (as defined under CLP Article 45), the telephone number for this body must also be included to cover medical advice. Please see the latest guidance from ECHA here (P42)

Why poisons centres are NOT a magic bullet...

Posted by Daniel Haggarty on 4 February 2014

Under Article 45 of the European Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) the telephone number of an officially appointed national advisory body must be displayed as an emergency number on safety data sheets (SDS) for each country in which the product is placed on the market. In plain English, where an official national poison centre exists, its number must be displayed on the relevant SDS.

Problems with poison centres

Posted by Jon Gibbard on 20 December 2013

In Europe, there is a requirement under REACH to include emergency telephone numbers on safety data sheets (SDSs) and, where a member state has appointed an official advisory body (as defined under Article 45 of the CLP Regulation), the telephone number for this body must also be included to cover medical advice.

Feature chemical – hydrogen sulfide

Posted by Daniel Haggarty on 13 December 2013

The latest NCEC call to be featured in the national news was a chemical incident on Oxford’s Port Meadow during the weekend of 7/8 December when a student was found dead inside a tent. It is thought the incident involved hydrogen sulfide gas.

NCEC - Celebrating Its Heritage, Developing Its Future

Posted by Jonathan Gibbard, NCEC delivery manager on 15 November 2013

The NCEC marked its 40th anniversary by hosting a celebratory Global Regulatory Challenges conference and reception in London this Wednesday. The day was full of great insights from industry leaders and the evening brought together our closest partners and clients, who have been integral to the success of NCEC through our 40 year long journey.

NCEC in action

Posted by Daniel Haggarty, Director NCEC on 25 October 2013

Being an NCEC emergency responder (ER) requires more than just a good knowledge of chemicals. 

Product stewardship leaders enjoy 6 strategic benefits

Posted by Daniel Haggarty on 9 October 2013

Product stewardship means different things to different people in the chemical industry. For many practitioners it is often just an endless stream of registrations, testing, supply chain communication and SDS preparations. But the truth is that product stewardship goes far beyond compliance and that leaders in product stewardship gain a business advantage over their competitors.

The effect of fertilisers and other nitrogen sources on the aquatic environment

Posted by Matthew Hawes on 16 September 2013

Those of you involved in the transport of emergency response or the transport of dangerous goods will be well aware of substances and mixtures which are classified as hazardous to the environment, these are labelled with the “dead tree and fish” symbol. However chemicals which could be thought of innocuous can also have a devastating effect.

Changes to Regulations for the Transport of Lithium Batteries

Posted by Matthew Hawes on 12 August 2013

In the 41st session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts for the Transport of Dangerous Goods a new special provision (SP376) was adopted. This new special provision is included in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods: Model Regulations (18th Revised Edition), released mid-2013. SP376 applies to lithium metal cells or batteries (UN3090-UN3091) and lithium ion cells or batteries (UN3480-UN3481) which are defective or damaged and therefore unable to conform to SP230, which states the obligation to meet the requirements of the tests listed in the Manual of Tests and Criteria.

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