20 BN 15/21 - Harmonisation of Information for Poison Centres
(revision of BN 15/18) Regulation (EU) 2017/542 was published in March 2017 amending the CLP by adding an Annex VIII on “harmonised information relating to emergency health response”.
Annex VIII meets part of EIGA’s original concerns by excluding mixtures classified only for the hazard “gases under pressure” from its scope but fails to exclude “flammable gas mixtures” and “oxidising gas mixtures” for the same obvious reason “explosive mixtures” (non-gaseous) have also been excluded.
Starting 2018 the remaining concerns of EIGA have been shared with the consultant, contracted by the Commission to make a workability study. A change of scope to exclude flammable and oxidizing gas mixtures was not accepted. EIGA still strongly believes that submitting pieces of information which are in practice not useful to emergency health responders does not bring any added value to either users or industry and will continue to defend this position.This revised BN (EIGA Members' area) has been updated to reflect the above, to clarify the exclusion of calibration mixtures from the scope of annex VIII and to refer to the guidelines for use of the Poison Center Notification (PCN) Portal developed by ECHA.21
(Revision of SA 05/04) Still cases of modified markings or other misuse of cylinders are being reported to EIGA. The Safety Advisory Council reminds all member companies to take care on the pre-filling checks in the cylinder filling stations. Please click here to download SA 05 (members only)22
SA 05/21 - Disguised Transportable Gas Cylinders Info 16/21 - Fires in Cylinder Regulators in Industrial Oxygen in Service
(Revision of Info 16/12) EIGA receives reports of incidents involving fires in oxygen gas cylinder regulators.
This Safety Information is intended to raise awareness of these incidents and to provide the basic recommendations and rules to safely operate and maintain oxygen gas cylinder regulators.
The Safety Information should be read by all those who are involved in the purchasing, use and maintenance of oxygen gas cylinder regulators.23
Doc 75/21 - Methodology for Determination of Safety and Separation Distances
(revision of Doc 75/07) The primary objective of this document is to define a philosophy to determine suitable separation distances for all equipment, pipework and storage to allow member companies to develop consistent standards across the industry.24
Doc 102.10/21 - Safety Audit / Assessment Tool – Transport of Gas Cylinders
The former Appendix 9 of Doc 102 – Safety Audit / Assessment Tool for Transport of Gas Cylinders – has been reviewed and published as Doc 102.10. All annexes of Doc 102 are listed in Doc 102.01.25
(revision of Doc 155/09) This EIGA publication provides guidance on some best available techniques for the (co-)production of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and their mixtures by steam methane reforming.26
Doc 155/21 - Best Available Techniques for Hydrogen Production by Steam Methane Reforming Doc 169/20 - Classification, and Labelling Guide in accordance with EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation)
(revision of Doc 169/19) EIGA Doc 169 known as the « Classification and Labelling Guide » is updated regularly in order to take into account the changes in the CLP Regulation and the changes in the classification of gases due to the REACH registration of substances that have occurred.27
Doc 181/21 - Gas Cylinders Compliance with the Revised Packaging Waste Directive
(revision of Doc 181/13) This publication provides guidance to EIGA members on compliance of gas cylinders with Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (as amended) on the prevention of packaging waste.
The publication provides guidance to EIGA members on the consistent and practical implementation of the packaging waste directive and to help ensure that member states’ implementation does not duplicate or conflict with existing regulations concerning the management of gas cylinders.28
Doc 186/21 – Guideline for Process Safety Management
(Harmonised publication, revision of Doc 186/14) Process Safety Management (PSM) is of interest to many organisations looking to adopt an integrated and systematic approach to assuring the integrity of their operations. The publication is intended to provide a design basis for the development of a process safety management system where an organisation does not have one. It may also be used as a common basis for benchmarking existing process safety management systems. The elements of the process safety management framework set out the key aspects to assure the integrity of operations. Each element contains an overview which states its intent and a number of requirements which define what organisations should address.29
Doc 901/21 – Working Group Expert Guide
(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 913/13) This publication provides guidance for the EIGA Working Groups, on the structure and organisation of EIGA and its Working Groups.30
Doc 903/21 – EIGA Safety and Environmental Award Schemes
(Revision of Doc 903/20) Following a review of the EIGA Safety Awards, the EIGA Safety Advisory Council has proposed a number of changes to ensure that the Awards continue to support EIGA’s safety mission. The changes and revised definitions are detailed in the revised version of Doc 903 Safety and Environmental Award Schemes.
The principle changes are as follows:
Zero Accident Award – Location
The qualification for the award has been changed from “no lost time injury” to “no recordable injury”.
An application for a Zero Accident Award shall be deferred for one year if an incident with a potential for severe injury or fatality (PSIF) has occurred during the 12 months prior to the submission date for an award nomination to EIGA.
Safety Innovation Award
The criteria have been slightly modified and the application form has been updated accordingly. 31
Doc 913/21 – Transport Security Guidance for EIGA Members
(Revision of Doc 913/13) This document (EIGA Members' area) contains tools and resources that maybe used when assessing security issues related to the transport of dangerous goods. It provides guidance for compliance with European regulations and the current editions of international transport agreements such as those for road and rail.
The implementation of the information contained in this document, plus the specific ways of managing security and risks will vary when taking into account the raw materials and products being transported, the mode and route of transportation and the vulnerability/risk profile.
This document is intended to provide additional information to that given in EIGA Doc 173, ADR Transport Security Guidelines.32
Doc 919/20 – Guidelines for the Preparation of Safety Data Sheets
(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 919/19) EIGA 919 “Guidelines for the preparation of Safety Data Sheets” known as the “SDS Guide” is updated regularly in order to take into account new data and new risk management measures submitted by gas producers during the REACH registration of gases and communicated in their revised SDSs. Changes in the library of phrases are highlighted in the document.
National legislations are not considered in this document. References to national legislation should be added in the relevant sections of the SDS by the gas supplier, preferably in coordination with the other EIGA members in the relevant National Gas Association.