EI Bitumen safety code - Product specifications and handling and storage temperatures
The 4th edition of EI Bitumen safety code was published in September 2005 following a comprehensive review of all sections. It 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.
Given the rate of change with the introduction of new bitumen specifications being developed in the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), details of product specifications and handling and storage temperatures are not included in the Code but are presented on this web page as a means to rapidly communicate amendments.
Application of the tables
The product specifications and handling and storage temperatures tables linked to this web page 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.
Note that terms and abbreviations used in the tables are included in Annex D of EI Bitumen safety code; however.
Maintenance of the tables
The product specifications and handling and storage temperatures tables are maintained by the Energy Institute Bitumen Panels (SC-E). Users should check this web page for updates to ensure that they are using the most up-to-date data.
Contact the Bitumen Panels (SC-E) firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EI Bitumen safety code
EI 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; whilst amendments have been made throughout the Code, major changes have been made to:
- Account for the introduction of new bitumen specifications (Section 1).
- Improve guidance on health management (Section 2).
- Account for DSEAR; in particular, the control of flammable atmospheres, and the control of both electrical and non-electrical sources of ignition (Section 3).
- Provide improved guidance on foreseeable fire scenarios (Section 3).
- Provide improved guidance on planning for fighting fires (Section 4).
- Provide new guidance on environmental protection (Section 5).
- Apply the updated area classification philosophy to storage tanks (Section 8).
- Account for the need for better control of high level access (Section 9).
- Simplify health exposure data for product handling and use applications (Section 10).
- Enhance the guidance on the safe delivery of bitumen products to customer sites (Section 10).
- Improve the guidance on product handling and use, such as mobile heating kettle operations, product handling in roofing applications, and fluxed and cold mix asphalt manufacture and use (Section 10).
- Account for increased understanding of the flammability of petroleum products when in the form of a mist, spray or foam (Annex A).
- Account for the updated area classification philosophy; in particular, for the selection and use of suitably protected equipment for use in hazardous areas (Annex C).
- IP Bitumen safety code should be drawn to the attention of 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, where operations may be somewhat less controlled than is the case within the petroleum industry generally.
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