EIGA, under direction from WG1, had submitted 2 papers to the UN Transport of Dangerous Goods Subcommittee 57th meeting in December. Both were approved for inclusion in the UN Model Regulations.
Indeed, after 2 years of work, our paper 2020/9 & INF.35 on Clarification of scope UN1002 Air, Compressed was adopted, allowing the transport of synthetic air mixtures (between 19,5% and 23,5% O2/N2) under UN1002. A new Special Provision SP 397 was created for this purpose.
With help from WG2 and WG9 members, EIGA submitted the paper 2020/8 & INF.40 on the Update of LC50 Values to align with ISO 10298, and succeeded to have the new LC50 values adopted for Boron Trifluoride, Tungsten Hexafluoride, Phosphorous Pentafluoride and Hydrogen Fluoride (anhydrous).
United Nations - placards for flammable gases
EIGA, together with support from Liquid Gas Europe Association and CEFIC, provided comments over a period of 2 years, to a Spanish paper to change labels for flammable gases:
Paper 2020/39 Rev1 (Spain) and INF.19 (WLPGA, LGE) Gases Flammables and Placards: their objective was to add a ‘’cylinder’’ symbol or text to the label to allow an easier distinction for the emergency rescue teams, between flammable gas and liquid.
EIGA joined the intersessional group and contributed with many arguments why the industry believed this change was not necessary…mainly because current legislation allows already to add nationally such text and because the UN number remains the main source of information.
Several country delegations voted negatively, resulting in that the Spanish proposals were not adopted.04
TP 61/21 - ADR 2021 Main Changes linked to Class 2 Transport
The 2021 edition of ADR1 is now available. The EIGA Training Package is intended as an overview of the changes made between the 2019 and 2021 editions.
This Training Package is intended for all who are involved in the use of ADR, and in particular those who are responsible for communicating the changes to ADR within their organisations.
It should be noted that this Training Package is intended as an overview of the changes as they relate to the gases industry and that it should be used in conjunction with the 2021 edition of ADR.(1 ADR - Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)05
TP 62/21 - Cylinder Valve Connections
This publication provides explanation and background to the multitude of types of cylinder valve connections. It also elaborates on the sealing methods and list the most relevant standards.
This Training Package is a useful tool for all involved in cylinder package design and operation.06
Doc 30/21 – Disposal of Gases
(Harmonised publication, revision of Doc 30/13) This document describes techniques and recommended practices for the safe disposal of gases used in the industrial gases industry. It includes the identification and the selection of the appropriate disposal methods such as re-cycling, incineration and chemical adsorption/absorption/reaction.
Advice is also given on cylinder de-valving, dealing with potentially hazardous residues, the disposal of unusable containers and the document includes an appendix giving details of ‘Gas characteristics and recommended disposal methods’.07
Doc 81/21 - Road Vehicle Emergency and Recovery
(revision of Doc 81/06) This document has been written by Experts from the Gases Industry to help minimise the effects of serious road vehicle incidents involving Gases Industry products by providing recommended guidance, training and procedures to be followed08
Doc 95/21 - Avoidance of Failure of Steel Cylinders Containing CO and CO/CO2 Mixtures
(Harmonised publication, revision of Doc 95/12) This document reflects recent experiences of EIGA member companies.
Accidents have occurred in the past with carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide mixtures cylinders.
The document covers the selection of gas cylinders; seamless steel cylinders, seamless steel tubes, welded steel cylinders, and non-refillable or disposable steel cylinders, used for carbon monoxide and for carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide mixtures, e.g. laser gases.
Intentionally made mixtures containing less than 5 ppmV carbon monoxide or 5 ppmV carbon dioxide are not affected by this document.
The document is intended to be used by those who are responsible for filling operations, including those who specify mixtures to be filled into cylinders.
The publication is part of the programme to develop Globally Harmonised publications amongst Regional Gas Associations.09
Doc 929/20 - EIGA Statistical Protocol
(EIGA Members' area) This publication details how EIGA processes data collected from its members to ensure compliance with competition law, and in particular that no individual company information is disclosed directly or indirectly.