HS/032

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HS/032

OVERVIEW

This application was decided on 25/2/2005 and introduced four more subtances to be classified as Hazardous substances. The table below gives the names and quantities involved for these “very toxic chemicals”.

NB THE BREAKDOWN PRODUCTS OF THESE CHEMICALS ARE ALSO THEMSELVES “VERY TOXIC CHEMICALS”, BUT THIS DOESN’T EVER APPEAR TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE HSE. WE HAVE ALSO LISTED THESE HERE.

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The HSE had no objections but suggested a condition be in place to store the substances in the poly phosphoric acid building only. Rhodia had wanted to store them anywhere on the site, and Tom Dutton queries the decision notice in a letter to the council dated  MARCH 16TH 2005. There is no reply by the HSE

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The planning committee report can be read HERE.

Once again the buried advertisement suggested ringing the works manager Steve Hampson, (of the “Safe Haven” fame concerning rattlechain lagoon) for a cosy chat if anyone wanted to see a copy of the proposals.

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There was an interesting objection to the proposal citing hindering development of housing in the Mill Lane area- within the HSE consultation zone, and an article from the Sandwell chronicle ironically quoting a local councillor with strong links to the company  bemoaning lack of development in the area likely to attract fly tipping!

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“POTENTIAL FOR FIRST CLASS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ON THE SITE” LOL

Safety data sheets for these chemicals were supplied by Rhodia. These chemicals are known as BIOCIDES.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT RHODIA CLAIM TO NOT TEST SUBSTANCES ON ANIMALS, YET THIS, THEIR OWN CHEMICAL OPENLY STATES “UNPUBLISHED REPORTS” OF SUCH, INCLUDING THE GHASTLY PRACTICE OF RUBBING BLINDING SUBSTANCES INTO RABBITS EYES. THEIR CLAIMS ARE THEREFORE LIES.

TOLCIDE C80 Also known as (benzothiazol-2-ylthio)methyl thiocyanate.

 

This chemical marketed by Rhodia as (TCMTB) is a non-metallic organosulphur compound in liquid form.  It is used in various stages of leather production and preservation applications. The data sheet identifies that the chemical is

  • “VERY TOXIC BY INHALATION” 
  • “INHALATION MAY BE FATAL.”
  • .”“VERY TOXIC TO AQUATIC ORGANISMS. MAY CAUSE LONG-TERM ADVERSE EFFECTS TO THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT”
  • ON COMBUSTION OR ON THERMAL DECOMPOSITION (PYROLISIS) RELEASES

(ISOTHIOCYANATE)

(FORMALDEHYDE)

  • Due to its gaseous nature, inhalation and eye exposure are most likely
  •  Possible carcinogen, toxic and corrosive

(HYDROGEN CYANIDE)

  • Hydrogen cyanide and its solutions may be fatal following exposure via all routes
  • The onset of signs and symptoms following exposure is rapid after inhalation and ingestion
  • Features are mostly non-specific and include headache, nausea, dizziness and dyspnoea (shortness of breath)
  •  High concentrations may cause loss of consciousness, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), coma and death
  • Chronic exposure to low levels of cyanide may lead to neurological effects

 

(HYDROGEN SULPHIDE)

  • Toxic by inhalation
  • Very toxic
  • Inhalation of high concentrations leads rapidly to collapse, respiratory paralysis, cyanosis, convulsions, coma, cardiac arrhythmias and death within minutes.
  • Systemic effects include vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, nystagmus, dizziness, agitation, drowsiness, tremor, muscular weakness, seizures, tachycardia and hypotension.
  • Dermal exposure causes discolouration, pain, itching, erythema and local frostbite if exposed to compressed liquid
  • Ocular effects may be delayed and include irritation, inflammation, lacrimation, photophobia and conjunctivitis

(CARBON OXIDES) C0 (CARBON MONOXIDE) AND CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE)

(2-MERCAPTOBENOTHIAZOLE)

“Potential Acute Health Effects:

Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, sensitizer), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Severe over-exposure can result in death.”

 

TOLCIDE PS75

This chemical is an aqueous solution of tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium sulphate. (THPS). It is claimed that these type of biocides are “fast acting, non-oxidizing for industrial water treatment, oil recovery operations and pulp and paper production.”

The data sheet identifies that this liquid chemical is

  • “HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED”
  • “POSSIBLE RISK OF HARM TO THE UNBORN CHILD”
  • “LACHRYMATORY EFFECT” (TEAR PRODUCING)
  • “VERY TOXIC TO AQUATIC ORGANISMS.”
  • “HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS

(SULPHUR OXIDES)

The two major oxides are Sulphur dioxide and sulphur trioxide.

(PHOSPHORUS OXIDES)

The two major ones are phosphorus pentoxide and phosphorus trioxide

(CARBON OXIDES) C0 (CARBON MONOXIDE) AND CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE)

(phosphine.)

(HYDROGEN)”

 

TOLCIDE MBT

This biocide is based on methylene bisthiocyanate. It is claimed that this is a “non-oxidizing biocide especially effective as a bactericide and fungicide in paper manufacturing and leather processing.”

The data sheet identifies that this solid chemical is

  • “VERY TOXIC BY INHALATION”
  • “INHALATION MAY BE FATAL.”
  • “VERY TOXIC TO AQUATIC ORGANISMS.”
    • ON COMBUSTION OR ON THERMAL DECOMPOSITION (PYROLISIS) RELEASES TOXIC AND CORROSIVE VAPOURS

(SULPHUR OXIDES)

(NITROGEN OXIDES)

(FORMALDEHYDE)

(CARBON OXIDES) C0 (CARBON MONOXIDE) AND CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE)

 

TETRAKIS (HYDROXYMETHYL) PHOSPHONIUM CHLORIDE (THPC)

Marketed by Rhodia as PROBAN CC, Tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium Chloride is used as a flame retardant in textiles. They did not issue a safety data sheet for this chemical as part of the application.

Potential Health Effects
Eye: Causes eye irritation. Risk of serious damage to eyes.
Skin: Causes skin irritation. May cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction, which becomes evident upon re-exposure to this material. May be harmful if absorbed through the skin.
Ingestion: May cause irritation of the digestive tract. Toxic if swallowed.
Inhalation: May cause allergic respiratory reaction. May cause respiratory tract irritation. May be harmful if inhaled.
Chronic: Chronic exposure may cause liver damage. Laboratory experiments have resulted in mutagenic effects. Chronic exposure may cause blood effects. Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Exposure to high concentrations may cause central nervous system depression. Animal studies have reported the development of tumors.

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APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF HS/032 SUBSTANCES BASED ON PLAN SUBMITTED

A=THPC

B/C=THPS