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Below are links to various publications that have been issued by the CBA

CBA in collaboration with its members and other organisations issue a number of guidance documents to help members stay compliant and also to aid them to carry out their business cost effectively. Members can access all of these documents by logging into the members section of this website, though a selection can be accessed below.


The document below contains a list of commonly used acronyms within the Chemical Industry and in Regulatory bodies.

CBA Delegates Acronym list March 2022

This guide was prepared by a partnership between Chemical Business Association (CBA), Chemical Industries Association (CIA), and the Non-Ferrous Alliance (NFA) – led and supported by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service, which is responsible for delivering the Government’s commitments under the National Adaptation Programme. It was developed using an active workshop to bring together climate change adaptation expertise together with technical and industry knowledge and using Climate Ready’s Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT). Until now climate change adaptation advice has been pretty generic in its nature, so we are pleased that the Chemical Business Association and our  partners are able to provide this sector-specific guide, which takes into account specific features of our industries. The advice is aimed at all chemical businesses, large and small, both within and beyond industry association membership. It is intended to give a clear steer on how to prepare a climate change action plan for your business. It contains extensive chemicals-specific advice and examples and should be a valuable information source and framework for businesses looking to manage medium-to-long term risks in this area.

Click here to read the full guidance:- Climate Change Adaptation guidance_Final March2015

This guidance sets out what is considered to be best practice in the industry regarding the control of hydrofluoric acid during handling, storage and distribution.

HF guidance version 3-1 – March 2021

FOREWORD by Peter Brown
Head of Work Environment, Radiation & Gas Division, Cross-cutting Interventions Directorate, Health and Safety Executive

Unsafe loads on vehicles injure more than 1200 people a year and cost UK businesses millions of pounds a year in damaged goods. Goods transported on the road should be secured so that they do not present a danger of injury either during transit or during unloading. Insecure loads can fall from the vehicle in transit, endangering other road users, or the movement of the load may contribute to a vehicle rollover. Loads that become unstable in transit may fall from the vehicle during unloading, endangering the driver and/or loading bay personnel.

This guidance document has been written by the Chemical Business Association to help those involved in transporting packaged chemical goods make health and safety improvements to load securing. This guidance represents good practice which may go further than the minimum you need to do to comply with the law, as set out in the Department for Transport’s Code of Practice Safety of Loads on Vehicles.

Load Securing Guidance

This guidance has been prepared by the Chemical Business Association in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive. It aims to help businesses involved in the distribution of chemicals by the transfer from semi-bulk containers into customers’ storage installations and promote continuous improvements in health and safety standards. This guidance represents good practice and may go further than the minimum you need to do to comply with the law.

Semi Bulk Discharge Procedure Recommended Code of Procedure – August 2018



The aim of this Code of Conduct and associated requirements is to increase the level of safety for all persons involved in the loading and unloading of sodium hypochlorite via bulk tanker or tank container.  The information is given in good faith and belief in its accuracy at the time of publication, but it does not imply any legal liability or responsibility by the CBA, CIA or WATER UK. This document contains internal links, which will only work if you download the document from the website.

Tanker Coupling Code of Conduct For Sodium Hypochlorite  – June 2018

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Safety Performance Leading Indicators (SPLI) The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has made process safety in the ‘Major hazards sector’ a priority, reinforcing the need to adopt procedures and monitoring systems which maximise the safety of operations, following feedback from the investigations into the Buncefield and Texas City incidents.

The critical importance of high standards of safety management and strong leadership within chemical and major hazard industries is now well understood. Effective management and strong leadership rely on accurate and relevant information on safety performance in order to allow timely corrective action to be taken before a major incident occurs. Unfortunately, many organisations within the chemical and major hazard industries use so-called lagging indicators to determine the correct operation of the safety management system. However, the use of leading indicators can help to provide a clear, accurate and ongoing picture of the status of the control measures needed to prevent major incidents. Carefully selected indicators will assist in detecting the pervasive deterioration in control measures and hopefully allow sufficient time to remedy the situation.

Whilst the implementation of SPLIs is being pushed by HSE for sites with a major hazard potential, this approach can be applied throughout industry as a means of improving safety and maintaining business continuity.

CBA has therefore, in partnership with UKWA, and endorsed by HSE, written the Safety Performance Leading Indicators Guidance to enable successful implementation of SPLIs.

Joint CBA UKWA SPLI Guidance – May 2018

Joint CBA and SIA Guidance for the Storage of Flammable Liquids in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)


The health and Safety Executive (HSE) was involved with the Chemical Business Association in producing this guidance. HSE endorses the guidance as it follows a sensible and proportionate approach to managing health and safety. 

Health and Safety inspectors seeking to secure compliance with the law may refer to this Guidance as illustrating practice. 

CBA / SIA Guidance on Storage of Flammable Liquids in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)

This guidance provides information on hazards associated with the storage of liquids in thermoplastic or glass/fibre reinforced plastic atmospheric storage tanks of a capacity greater than 3m³ and up to 100m³ (Plastic tanks). It sets out practical measures on the operation and maintenance of these tanks. These measures are designed to protect people at work, others who may be affected and the environment by any failure of primary containment.

Non Metallic Tank Inspection