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Hazardous Materials

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will consider extending the "Hazchem" scheme now applied to vehicles carrying dangerous substances to industrial premises.

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Substances (ACDS) has under consideration proposals for regulations to provide for the sign marking of buildings or places containing materials or substances which would be dangerous to firemen in the event of a fire. In connection with these proposals the Central Fire Brigade Advisory Councils' joint committee on fire brigade operations agreed that selected fire brigades, in co-operation with industry and the Health and Safety Executive, should conduct pilot studies to determine the feasibility of using "Hazchem" codes for the purpose of the regulations. The pilot studies are nearing completion and the results, together with the recommendations of the JCFBO, will be taken into account by the ACDS in any proposals it may make for regulations.