Model Code of Safe Practice Part 11: Bitumen safety code

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  • Published: September 2005
  • REF/ISBN: 9780852934029
  • Edition: 4th
  • Status: Current

Essential reading for all those with responsibility for the design, construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of bitumen handling installations, both in the manufacturing, blending, storage and distribution sectors, but also in the user sector of the bitumen industry.

The Bitumen safety code provides good health, safety and environmental protection practice, rather than a set of rigid rules, for the whole product life cycle of manufacture, blending, storage, distribution, handling, use and sampling.

The 4th edition follows a comprehensive review of all sections, and accounts for the introduction of new bitumen specifications. It provides improved guidance on health management, in particular hazards, exposure mechanisms, generic inhalation exposure data, control measures and recovery strategies. It also takes account of the implications of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, in particular, the control of flammable atmospheres, sources of ignition and foreseeable fire scenarios. One notable addition is a new chapter on environmental protection, given its greater prominence.

For the user sector of the bitumen industry, the updated Code provides enhanced guidance on the requirements for the safe delivery of bitumen products to customer sites and improved guidance on product handling and use such as with mobile heating kettle operations, roofing applications, and asphalt manufacture and use.

These product specifications and handling and storage temperatures tables should be used alongside the 4th edition of EI Bitumen safety code:

  • The product specifications tables (Tables 1.1-1.3) support Section 1.2 of the Code, which defines bitumen and describes for the various grades from paving grade bitumens through to bitumen emulsions, their origin, key parameters and applications. The tables provide for the various grades, details of properties such as penetration range, softening point, viscosity and flash point, and the pertinent test methods.
  • Recommended bitumen handling and storage temperatures (Table B.1) supports Annex B of the Code, which should be referred to for further guidance on using the data. Table B.1 provides temperature data for operations such as pumping and storage for the various grades.
    Please note that terms and abbreviations used in the tables are included in Annex D of EI Bitumen safety code.

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