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Pvc Manufacturing

Volume 888: debated on Monday 10 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the new code of practice for PVC manufacturing is adequate to protect workers and people living in the vicinity of factories; and if he will make a statement.

I understand that this code has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive to give early advice on interim hygiene standards which should be applied in the manufacture and polymerisation of vinyl chloride. Representatives of industry, including employees, and of Her Majesty's Alkali and Clean Air Inspectorate were included in the working group which prepared the code. It will be amended as necessary in the light of experience and then be submitted to the commission which, if it approves it, will seek the consent of my right hon. Friend under Section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act.