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ICTA published best practice on parking vehicles with dangerous goods

ICTA published best practice on parking vehicles with dangerous goods

Whilst preferably avoided, it will at times be necessary to park vehicles loaded with dangerous goods. While vehicles are stationary there is an increased risk in relation to incidents, theft of contents or hijacking of the vehicle. The ICTA Transport and Security Committee has therefore developed a best practice document to guarantee that the safety of people, property and the environment is considered when parking vehicles with dangerous goods. The best practice outlines requirements to parking spots along public roads as well as within facilities. It also explains the difference between parking and ‘temporary storage’.  

You are advised to check if your current practices are in line with the recommendations. If you work with logistical service providers, feel free to share the best practice with them. The best practice can be found here on the extranet.

New Chinese emergency response guidelines for transport of dangerous goods

New Chinese emergency response guidelines for transport of dangerous goods

The China State Administration for Market Regulation and Standardization Administration has published a guideline with recommended emergency response standards for transport of dangerous goods. The guideline is set to take effect from November 1, 2021. The guideline (GB/T 39652) comprises of four parts: general provisions, emergency guidelines, response distances and a list of substance which in contact with water emit toxic gases. The guideline is based on the Emergency Response Guidebook used in North America. It contains provisions on protective distances, delineation of protective zones and protective measures. See here.

Annual ranking of chemical distributors published

Annual ranking of chemical distributors published

The 12th annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors has been presented. The list ranks the leading distributors of the chemical industry supply chain. Despite its name, the ranking actually contains 293 companies this year. The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors list has been compiled with support of the Fecc, NACD, Associquim, RDC and CBA. See here

     
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ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

The G7 Global Partnership has revised its strategic vision to focus more on chemical weapons, a global culture of chemical security, capacity building and working with industry to raise awareness. In his role as chair of the Chemical Security Working Group, the representative of the Department of Homeland Security stressed the need to engage industry effectively. At that moment, however, ICTA was the only chemical industry representative in the room. It was noted that evidence shows Syria exploited weak links in international supply chains to source substances for their chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction program.

During the meetings the OPCW advised that their program and budget for 2019 had been approved. OPCW is recruiting for ten new posts to support the new work plan. There is broad support for OPCW’s work on verification, national implementation and terrorism, but some political divisions remain as key questions. There was for instance a perception that some members of OPCW sought to block effective OPCW action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and UK (Salisbury). Verification planning in Syria is ongoing, but the planned work budget currently has a €800k shortfall. OPCW is also looking to fund cyber security, business continuity and physical infrastructure.

The EU gave a presentation stating that CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) threats are real. Internet terrorist propaganda and handbooks are spreading quickly, despite counter efforts. The attack in Salisbury was an eye opener at EU level. It has triggered actions to strengthen resilience to attacks with chemical weapons. The EU has therefore launched a CBRN Centre of Excellence initiative with €156m funding to build capacity. The EU is also developing a common list of threat chemicals, which it has almost finalized and is based primarily on the USA CBRN list. The EU’s next steps is to intensify dialogue with private actors in the precursor supply chain. The EU also wants to improve detection technology and first response capabilities.

On behalf of ICTA, Peter Newport welcomed the redevelopment of an EU list of threat chemicals. He pointed out that the existing list is based on risk perception, not science. He expressed the importance of taking a scientific approach when composing the new list and the importance of sharing the new list with industry. Without information sharing, there can be no effective control of listed substances. It became clear that the EU still concentrates on post supply chain diversion detection technologies, instead of on preventing the diversion in the first place. Meetings have been held with detector technology and equipment vendors, but not yet with chemical vendors. ICTA has expressed its firm belief that the focus should be on preventing diversion.

ICTA will continue to be involved with chemical security in 2019. Chemical security events in Bangladesh and Brussels (for EU & Turkey) took place and are expected to take place in March respectively.

The official report can be found here.