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Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in Regulations, but are required to observe the same standards.In the years from 1970 to 1978, the last year for which complete particulars can be obtained, the numbers of overdoses to individuals were as in the table below. The numbers include cases where the applicable quarterly, annual or cumulative whole body dose limits were exceeded and also instances where the permitted doses to parts of the body were exceeded.view of the explosions on 21 January at the depot of Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., which caused the evacuation of thousands of residents in Barking, he is satisfied that the required notifications to the Health and Safety Executive of materials stored are rigidly carried out.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: There are no requirements on occupiers to notify the Health and Safety Executive of materials stored in their premises.

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether the Health and Safety Executive had up to date information about the content of materials stored at Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., River Road, Barking, prior to explosions which took place there on 21 January; and to whom it had transmitted the information.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: The Health and Safety Executive did not have up-to-date information about the contents of materials stored at these premises immediately prior to the explosions on 21 January 1980. The last inspection of the premises was carried out on 21 March 1979.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., Barking has approached the Health and Safety Executive for advice on its operations.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: The Health and Safety Executive has no record of advice being sought by Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., concerning its operations at Barking.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how often the premises of Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., Barking, have been inspected by the Health and Safety Executive since the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act came into force; when the last inspection was carried out; and whether a check was made to ensure that any recomendations were complied with.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: The premises of Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., Barking have been inspected twice since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The last inspection was on 21 March 1979. No check visit was made as the matters giving rise to the recommendations made following this visit were not of serious concern and the inspector formed the view that the firm would carry out the necessary work.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has yet received the report of the Factory Inspectorate into the explosion which occurred at Womersley Boome Chemicals Ltd., Barking, on the night of 21 January.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: I have not yet received this report. I am advised by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that further inquiries have still to be made.