EIGAnews 1 - Web format
Welcome to the first edition of the EIGA Newsletter
This follows on from the trial that was carried out last year with a "National Associations Newsletter". This was aimed only at the National Associations. There was very positive feedback from not only the National Associations, but also from many others. There were a number of suggestions made including that email format was not particularly user friendly, and that it would be more useful as a "pdf" format which could either be printed or distributed electronically. This is the result, which we hope will be what our membership wants. There are of course some questions that have been raised, and we will try and answer them.
What is the purpose?
The intent is that this provides information to members on items that come up at relatively short notice, such as legislation, or where EIGA requires to have information on a topic to prepare an industry position.
Who are the audience?
This is the membership, but it should not be restricted to "members only" How often will this be published?
The intention is that this will be published every two months, and it will only be two or three pages long at most.
Who will write it?
Much will come from the EIGA office, Council and Working Group members and National Associations will be asked to provide articles.
Where does this leave EIGAzette?
EIGAzette is a very important document published twice a year which summarises the work of the Working Groups and Councils and can be used as a reference document. We do not see any fundamental change in EIGAzette, though we do plan to look at its appearance over the next few months.
In summary, we hope that this will be a useful publication to communicate what is going on in EIGA and the world that impacts EIGA, and so to the first edition...
Transport Legislation Issues
Transport is of course very important to EIGA members. EIGA invests a lot of time in attending the UN transport of dangerous goods meetings and does have a good record of making very positive contributions to the UN and ADR regulations.
One key issue that is having an impact on our industry is the new tunnel regulations. This is a challenge to both the authorities who are responsible for tunnel classification and those who transport dangerous goods through tunnels. through tunnels. EIGA WG-1, Transport, is in the process of establishing a review to understand the impact on EIGA members, and how we can proceed with a review with the appropriate authorities on how our products may be reclassified within the ADR. They will be looking for data and information from a number of areas, including National Associations.
Finally, the revised Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED) has been published as 2010/35. WG-1 will be preparing a Training Package on this for members.
Classification, labelling and SDS
All EU manufacturers and importers need to "notify" the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) before 3 January 2011 of the classifications of all dangerous substances they place on the market, irrespective of any lower threshold quantity. WG9, Classification, Labelling and Data Sheets, is preparing an Excel file with the data needed for the notification of all gases and for a few liquids for the electronics industry. This Excel file will enable EIGA members to prepare their own notification file in the required XML format for the gases they manufacture or import. More news on this in the next EIGAnews.
Despite careful testing, some bugs have been identified in the recently issued version of LISAM 9.0. All users should have received from LISAM an email with a revised version. If not, please contact Peter Arnould at LISAM (PeterA(at)lisam.com)
Thanks to the "translating correspondents" nominated by the National Associations, the EIGA library now exists in 24 languages. Despite all the efforts of the translators, some remaining gaps have been identified and the EIGA Office will soon redistribute the consolidated files with the gaps identified.
WG9 is also reviewing the library to check that it includes all phrases needed to populate the new SDS format outlined in the recently published EC regulation 453/2010 (OJEU L133 dated 31 May) that revises Annex II of REACH. This review will lead to a new list of new phrases that will be issued for translation, probably at the end of September. This review will also lead to a new revision of LISAM to be published by the end of November, when the regulation is to be applied for the SDS for pure substances.
News in Brief
Ammonium nitrate and REACH
At the end of May, some EIGA members reported that their supplier of ammonium nitrate had informed them that they could not deliver Ammonium Nitrate for Nitrous Oxide manufacture after 27 June because of the entry into force of new restrictions included in Annex XVII of REACH.
This was a wrong interpretation of the restrictions and thanks to YARA who acted with the association of the ammonium nitrate suppliers, the confusion should have been eliminated. If it is still not the case, please inform the EIGA office. p.wolfs(at)eiga.eu.
National Associations’ Meeting
The National Associations Meeting had been planned for 19th and 20th April in Milan, but fell victim as did many travel plans to the volcanic ash from Iceland. Due to a lot of hard work by many and the adaptability of all, the meeting went ahead as three web conferences. Whilst we missed a face to face meeting, many points came out of this, including the proposal to restart a newsletter. This meeting has been rescheduled for 14/15 October 2010, and we hope third time lucky.
Our thanks to Andrea Fieschi of the Italian Association for his patience on the meeting changes!! This meeting also showed the benefits of the IT investments that EIGA had made over the past eighteen months.
Change in EIGA Board Statutes
At the Annual General Meeting on June 4 in Tallinn, the membership approved some substantial changes to our statutes and internal rules. This marks the start of a number of important changes to EIGA such as the election of a representative from the National Associations to the EIGA Board and the creation of two new councils, the Safety Advisory Council (SAC) and the Regulatory Environment Council (REC). More about these in the next newsletter...
The revised Statutes and Internal Rules have been published on the Members area of the EIGA website as Document 905/10. See EIGA Office Publications at www.eiga.eu
The minutes of the AGM are also published as Bulletin No. 39 on the Members area of the website and detail the amendments to the Statutes. www.eiga.eu
News from SIEFS and Consortia
The REACH web page (for EIGA members only) is updated after each meeting of EIGA’s AHG-REACH. Please consult the web page and its linked attachments for the latest news about the consortia and the SIEFS that are being monitored by the members of the AHG. See EIGA and REACH webpage
CGA will be holding two events later, this year, one is on acetylene and the other on atmospheric gases. Details of both these important events and registration details for the acetylene seminar can be found at the news section of the EIGA website and at the CGA website www.cganet.com.
EIGA Winter Symposium 2011
In addition, please make a note in your diaries for the EIGA Symposium in Brussels on Process Safety on 26/27 January 2011.
For latest information on these and other items see News at www.eiga.eu
The following publications have been issued recently and can be downloaded from the EIGA website.
IGC Doc 111/10/E - Environmental impacts of carbon dioxide and dry ice production
IGC Doc 164/10/E - Safe handling of liquid carbon dioxide containers that have lost pressure
Safety Alerts (in Members Area):
SA-5 REV 1 - Disguised transportable gas cylinders
Info 23/10 - Fire in LOX Vacuum Jacketed Piping
Safety Information - Human Factors:
Info HF 10/10 - Organisation - "Managing Organisational Change"
NL 89/10 - Cylinder bundle/pallet tow-away incidents and prevention measures.
Much of this newsletter has been taken up with explaining why we have prepared this, but we do hope you will let us know your views on this and let us know what you wish to see in it.