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Inauguration of new offices
The eagerness for in-person meetings is widespread. It was a pleasure to welcome MGC and IGC as first groups to have resumed in-person meetings in Brussels. The new offices also allow for a more professional (and Covid-safe, see our website) welcome.02
Work Injury Statistics Annual Report
We are pleased to announce the publication of the Work Injury Statistics Annual Report 2020. This covers Lost Time Injuries (LTI) and Recordable Work Injuries (RWI) reported for the period 1st January to 31st December 2020 on our WIST Platform.
We believe the figures and charts will enable you to compare the performance of your company with that of our industry in Europe.
Doc 15/21 – Gaseous Hydrogen Installations04
Doc 26/21 – Permissible Charge / Filling Conditions for Acetylene Cylinders, Bundles, Battery Vehicles
(revision of Doc 26/13) This publication is intended to give the requirements for filling individual cylinders, bundles and battery vehicles containing different porous materials and different solvents. The publication is intended to supplement the existing standards by clarification of their safety philosophy and the method of implementation. It demonstrates the effects of the essential parameters, such as maximum acetylene content, necessary solvent content, acetylene/solvent ratio, acetylene filling tolerance, solvent filling tolerance, free volume in the cylinder, porosity of filler material.05
Doc 52/21 – Load Securing of Class 2 Receptacles
(revision of Doc 52/13) Loss of loads can lead to serious accidents. Consequently, the gas industry has to provide shippers with information on the requirements that are necessary for transporting individual gas cylinders, bundles and pallets of gas cylinders and cryogenic receptacles safely. (Referred to collectively as ‘receptacles’).
It is essential to make sure that all loads carried on vehicles are adequately secured so that there is no likelihood of them moving or falling off, which can cause danger to the driver or to the public or a release to the environment.
Proven load securing systems and methods from several Industrial Gas member companies are presented. The theoretical basis for load securing is not covered in detail. See here.06
Doc 83/21 – Recommendations for Filling of Cylinders and Bundles with Carbon Dioxide
Doc 146/21 – Perlite Management08
Doc 159/21 – Reciprocating Cryogenic Pumps and Pump Installations for Oxygen, Argon, and Nitrogen09
Doc 190/21 – Plant Integrity Management10
Doc 236/21 – Best Operations Practices for Filling Plants
Guide on best practices for operations conducted at the Filling Stations and Centres for Cylinder Storage and Distribution.
Doc 237/21 – Safe Operation of Acetylene Generator Systems
This publication is intended to provide general guidelines for safe operation of acetylene generator systems. It is limited to acetylene generation systems using calcium carbide added to water, known as wet generation.
The scope includes the carbide supply from receipt at site to entry into the generator, the generation of acetylene to the pipe leaving the generator, the control of temperature via water supply into the generator, the control of level via the discharge of lime out of the generator and gasholders and buffers.
The scope does not include water utilities, lime handling after discharge from the generator, nor response to emergency or abnormal situations.
TB 40/21 - "EURO 6" Vehicles in ATEX Zones13
TB 41/21 - Continued Use and Retesting of Bundles of Cylinders not Constructed to EN or EN ISO Standards
Doc 157/21 – Hygienic Processes for Home Oxygen Respiratory Devices
(revision of Doc 157/09) Requirements described in this document apply to the reprocessing of medical devices for home oxygen homecare therapy that are intended to be re-usable (excluding disposables).
SI 41/21 – Hazard of Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres in Healthcare Facilities16
TB 39/21 - Impact on EIGA Members by the ongoing Field Safety Notice of Philips-Respironics (Sound Abatement Foam Degradation)
The European "Green Deal" and "Fit for 55"
The European Commission has launched a series of ambitious legislative proposals. These could impact our sector significantly. Four examples are :
Over the last months EIGA participated in a record number of official EU consultations, and had meetings with European Commission officials to share our positions.
National Associations were involved, especially on the CEEAG, to have our positions represented as much as possible to the Commission by the Member States. EIGA has further coordinated with key stakeholders on engagement, including the metals and chemicals sectors.
It is still uncertain on how much of the industry arguments will be considered in the final legislative text. But it is clear that the energy and climate ambitions are extremely high.
Doc 75/21 Rev 1 – Methodology for Determination of Safety and Separation Distances19
Doc 102.02/21 - Safety Audit / Assessment Tool – General Site Matters20
Doc 102.7/21 - Safety Audit / Assessment Tool – Hydrogen Compression, Purification and Cylinder Filling
(Revision of Doc 102/03 Appendix C6) The former Appendix 6 of Doc 102 – Safety Audit / Assessment Tool for hydrogen compression, purification and cylinder filling – has been reviewed and published as Doc 102.07. All annexes of Doc 102 are listed in Doc 102.01.21
Doc 197/21 – Liquid Air22
SI 029/21 - Oxygen Deficiency Hazard associated with Hypoxic Fire Suppression Systems using Nitrogen Injection23
SI-HF 6/21 – Organisation - "Site Emergency Response"24
Awareness Package TP INC 43/21 - Recent Incidents in the Industrial and Medical Gases Industry (SAC 167)
At each meeting of the EIGA Safety Advisory Council (SAC), the members exchange information on gas industry related incidents (accidents causing injuries, property or environmental damage and near-misses). SAC discusses and analyses these incidents. This information is used by SAC to determine the priorities for safety alerts, safety information, new and revised documents, campaigns etc.
In this Awareness Package are the summaries and photographs of recent incidents discussed at SAC. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website (restricted to EIGA Members only) by clicking here