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



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

Commonly used abbreviations and acronyms

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

FOREWORD by Kevin Allars
Head of Chemical Industries Division, HSE Hazardous Installations Directorate,

This guidance has been prepared by the Chemical Business Association and the Solvent Industry Association in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive.

This guidance should not be regarded as an authoritative interpretation of the law, but if you follow the advice set out in it you will normally be doing enough to comply with health and safety law in respect of those specific issues on which the guidance gives advice.

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) are implicated in many incidents, such as stack collapse, leakage of contents, and serious fires. High standards in their use are an important aspect of risk management.

The HSE believes that the contents of this guidance set out good practice for the chemical industry (including distribution and storage), and commends its use. HSE inspectors will refer to the guidance in assessing site standards.

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

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 endoresed by HSE, written the Safety Performance Leading Indicators Guidance to enable successful implementation of SPLIs.

Joint CBA UKWA SPLI Guidance – Feb 2010

FOREWORD by Peter Baker
Head of Chemical Industries Division, Hazardous Installations Directorate, HSE

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 Procedures – Reccommended Code of Practice – November 2012

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

Distribution of Packaged Hydrofluoric Acid – March 2010.