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Sentence after teenage apprentice overcome by chemicals
An alloy wheel refurbishment company has been sentenced after a 16-year-old apprentice worker was overcome by vapours from a chemical used in the stripping and cleaning of alloy wheels.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 12 December 2017, the employee of Wheelnut Ltd, entered an area of the company’s former premises in Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, known as the “acid room”. The employee entered the room to retrieve alloy wheels from one of three barrels of a chemical substance containing Dichloromethane (DCM), Methanol and Hydrofluoric Acid used in the stripping process. He was subsequently found by a colleague slumped unconscious over a barrel.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a risk assessment for the chemical wheel stripping process was not suitable or sufficient. Appropriate control measures should have included suitable exhaust ventilation in the room as well as respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for the employees. RPE was provided but it was not maintained in an efficient or effective state. Several parts of it were damaged and the air feed to it from the compressor was not filtered correctly. The investigation found that on this occasion, and previously, the employee was not wearing the RPE when he entered the room. Employees were not provided with suitable and sufficient information, instruction, and training with regards to the risks involved with using the chemicals, particularly the risks involved with using DCM.

Wheelnut Ltd of Whickham Bank, Swalwell, Newcastle upon pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £32,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1718.50.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Joy Craighead said: “A young worker suffered a potentially serious injury. Breathing in DCM vapour can produce narcotic effects and, at high concentrations, unconsciousness and death. In this instance, the boy made a full recovery, but it could have easily resulted in his death.”

Commenting on the sentencing, Mike Brodie, Chemstore UK Managing Director said: “A storage arrangement with suitable extraction could have prevented this incident from happening. It is easy to underestimate the dangers of gases and vapours given off by chemicals because they can be odourless and vapourless but their effects can be devastating. Thankfully the apprentice in question made a full recovery but the incident is a reminder of the importance of storing hazardous substances correctly.”

If you are unsure of your obligations in this area, contact Chemstore today for a free site assessment.

You may also be interested in our free corrosives storage checklist.

Chevron fined £5m for fatal explosion in which flammable atmospheres were not ‘controlled or understood’

The investigation also found there had been longstanding failures within the refinery safety management systems and as a result the risks posed by flammable atmospheres within the Amine Recovery Unit were not understood or controlled.

At the time of the incident the refinery was operated by Chevron Limited, but ownership changed in August 2011 when the sale to Valero was completed.

Valero Energy UK Ltd of Wood Street, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company have been fined £5 million and ordered to pay costs of £1 million.

B & A Contracts Ltd of Hubberston Road, Pembrokeshire pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.They have been fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Andrew Knowles said: “This incident, which had devastating consequences for all of those involved, was entirely preventable. Many opportunities to take action to control risk were missed, that would have prevented the incident from occurring. It is important to realise that the incident could have had even more serious consequences had the butane sphere or pipe track been damaged by the flying tank roof.

Detective Superintendent Anthony Griffiths said: “Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive to support them in the very complex investigation to establish the cause of this tragic incident. We hope that the lessons learned ensure that a tragedy of this nature doesn’t happen again. Our thoughts remain with all the families involved.”

Chemstore launches dedicated lithium-ion battery storage unit

Hazardous materials experts Chemstore have launched the Electrovault, a dedicated lithium-ion battery storage unit which can be tailored to an individual company’s needs.

Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly popular, not least due to their use in electric vehicles, but there is still some confusion around the safest way to handle and store the technology.

Chemstore Managing Director Mike Brodie explains: “When it comes to lithium-ion battery storage a standard fire rated unit just won’t do yet we are finding many companies are unaware aware of this.

“For example one issue with lithium-ion batteries is the occurrence of thermal runaway; lithium-ion batteries have a narrow operating temperature range of between +15 and +45°C and if they exceed this limit a thermal runaway can occur where an increase in temperature changes the conditions in a way that causes a further increase in temperature. During a thermal runaway hydrogen fluoride HF, phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5) and phosphoryl fluoride (POF3) are released and studies have shown that using water as a fire suppressant may increase the formation of HF yet it’s not uncommon to find people storing lithium-ion batteries in units with water suppression systems.”

The Electrovault units are made to comply with RC61 guidelines for battery storage and can be tailored to suit your specification, whether that is:

  • Atex Rated Temperature control
  • Atex Rated Humidity Control
  • Atex Rated Gas detection systems
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Rated  (including all Atex internal electrical components where  required)
  • Atex Lighting
  • Remote monitoring systems
  • FIFO control operations
  • LIFO control operations
  • Fire rated and segregated Quarantine areas
  • Restricted access control
  • Fully automated extraction systems

Call Chemstore today for a free review of your lithium-ion storage arrangements on 0208 704 1807.

Interested in knowledge sharing and best practice around lithium-ion battery storage – join the Lithium Ion Network on Linkedin – just search “Lithium Ion network” and request to join. 

Hoverboard fire highlights dangers of lithium-ion batteries

A fire involving a popular electronic toy that put a number of children’s lives in danger has once again highlighted the dangers of lithium-ion batteries.

Shortly after 8pm on Monday 13 May a two-wheeled self-balancing electronic scooter, which are commonly known as hoverboards, exploded as it was being charged in the living room of the family’s home in Masefield Avenue.

Five children, aged between five and 10, were all asleep upstairs at the time.

Fortunately dad Robert Jones, 33, was awake and heard the hoverboard crackling and then saw it explode as he went into the living room to investigate.

The explosion activated the smoke alarms in the house and also alerted neighbours to the resulting fire.

The neighbours helped Robert wake up the children and carry them outside to safety.

No-one required medical attention but the fire caused significant damage to the living room, particularly the floor, walls and dining table.

Mum Claire Bevan, 30, said: “I was not at home at the time of the fire. I returned to find fire engines outside my home and that my sleeping children had been rescued by my partner Robert and neighbours.

“As a family we are aware of the possibility of hoverboards being charged causing a fire.

“We bought it from a reputable retailer and it was only left charging for 20 minutes.

“It just goes to show that frightening things you read about in the news can happen to you.

“The incident has left the whole family extremely shaken up and emotionally scarred.

“But the incident could have been far worse. We would never have left the hoverboard charging whilst we went to bed as we are aware of the dangers of doing that. I dread to think what the consequences could have been if we weren’t so knowledgeable about hoverboards and if the fire had started later at night.

“A charging hoverboard exploding like that could have killed another family, especially if they didn’t have smoke alarms.

An investigation has been carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

It is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Widnes Fire Station Manager Stuart Devereux said: “Hoverboards have become extremely popular among children in recent years and there have been instances of the electric scooters hitting the headlines nationally and internationally for causing fires.

“There are three main causes of fires involving lithium ion batteries such as those used in hoverboards: the wrong charger being used, mechanical damage to the battery and a manufacturing defect.

“The lithium ion batteries used in hoverboards and other rechargeable items contain chemicals which are flammable.

In the event of a short circuit or an over-charge situation, they can heat up very quickly and burst into flames. The resulting fire, although relatively small, can be very intense and will produce dense smoke.”

Chemstore UK Managing Director Mike Brodie comments: “This incident goes to show yet again the unpredictable nature of lithium-ion batteries.

“Thankfully in this incident everyone was okay but it is a reminder of the potential devestation the technology can cause.

“Stories such as this one often drive an increase in enquires to Chemstore UK from companies concerned about the hazards associated with handling and storing lithium-ion batteries in their workplaces.

“Unfortunately we find that people are often using inadequate storage systems and have frequently had poor advice.

“As hazardous materials experts the Chemstore team has a wealth of experience in this area and we have even developed a dedicated storage solution, the Electrovault, designed specifically for the safe storage of lithium-ion batteries.”

Call today for more information or to book your free site safety assessment on 0208 704 1807.

 

Hydrofluoric acid found stored in wooden structure at tyre factory fire

Hydrofluoric acid, which can react with metals to create a highly flammable gas, was found to be stored in a wooden structure inside a building at a recent fire at a tyre factory in Daubhill.

According to reports in The Bolton News, emergency services were called to the Tyre Factory at the Sunnyside Business Centre on the 6th March at around 9.30am after fire broke out in a wooden structure which contained hydrofluoric acid which had heated up and emitted a toxic gas.

Fire crews managed to contain the blaze and prevent any injuries but staff’s breathing was affected and they had to be examined by the North West Ambulance Service.

Initially it was thought that the incident was a chemical fire caused by the acid, but a fire investigation later determined that it had been as a result of an electrical fault.

Hydrofluoric acid is an incredibly dangerous substance which is both toxic and corrosive and if it gets on the skin it can even kill you

“This story highlights the need for better education around the correct storage of corrosive substances,” explains Chemstore UK Managing Director, Mike Brodie.

“Hydrofluoric acid is an incredibly dangerous substance which is both toxic and corrosive and if it gets on the skin it can even kill you,” adds Mike.

“It is commonplace to hear of corrosives being stored in simple wooden structures or makeshift containers. Hydrofluoric acid should be handled and stored with the utmost care and attention in a purpose built, well-ventilated unit which includes a non-metallic sump such as the Corvault from Chemstore,” continues Mike.

“Beware of metal units which are marketed as suitable for storing corrosives but which don’t contain, for example, a polyethylene sump. In the event of a leak, hydrofluoric acid can react with metal and create a highly flammable (Hydrogen) and toxic gas. Also carefully consider whether a container with an epoxy coated liner is adequate because although these offer a degree of protection, they are not necessarily suitable for long term exposure,” adds Mike.

An easy way to clarify what a corrosive substance should be stored in is to check that this Secondary Containment System (SCS) is made from the same material that the primary container is made from. Useful information for corrosives storage can be found within our free corrosive hub checklist.

Download the full checklist here.

Or contact Chemstore today to discuss your storage needs.

Time to review your corrosive substance storage?

Chemstore, The Hazardous Materials Expert, is encouraging businesses large and small to review their corrosive storage requirements to ensure that they are keeping staff and members of the public safe and Chemstore has created a corrosives storage checklist to help.

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST NOW.

The advice comes in light of an increasing number of public acid attacks which serve as a reminder of the devastating impact corrosive substances can have on human health.

Corrosives and their vapours can cause devastating damage to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and digestive tract

As news reports have highlighted, corrosives and their vapours can cause devastating damage to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and digestive tract and some corrosives can even eat through metal. Controlling access to these substances and storing them correctly in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 is therefore essential but Chemstore finds it is a hazard that is easily overlooked, often because people don’t realise they are dealing with corrosive substances in the first place.

Mike Brodie, Chemstore UK managing director explains: “There is a common myth, as quoted by the HSE in its brief guide to COSHH, that companies don’t think they have any hazardous substances in their workplace when on closer inspection this is rarely the case.

People think that because they have been supplied with a substance it must be safe but this is simply not true

“There is an increasing drive to control public access to corrosives with retailers becoming more vigilant and measures such as banning cash purchases of acid being proposed but there has been less attention given to the fact that corrosive substances are still easily ac-cessible in many workplaces. Consequently we are urging companies to consider whether this is an area that needs review.”

Mike adds: “Another common myth is that people think that because they have been supplied with a substance it must be safe. This is simply not true yet this attitude means that many companies and consequently workers remain oblivious to the hazards of some of the substances they work with. At the most extreme we have seen hydrofluoric acid ,which is used for glass etching, metal cleaning and electronics manufacturing and can be fatal, stored in boxes on factory floors.”

The good news is that meeting your obligations in this area is often easier than people think. Chemstore has come up with a simple checklist which can be downloaded here to help businesses review their procedures and signpost them in the right direction for further information.

Download the corrosives storage checklist here.

Sentencing highlights need to take care with chemicals

A company director has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances highlighting the need for organisations to take their obligations around chemicals seriously.

Warwick Crown Court heard that a complaint was raised in August 2014 that Abel (UK) Ltd was selling a plant protection product containing Sodium Chlorate, a prohibited substance.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also found the company was selling paint stripper containing dichloromethane (DCM), which is restricted under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

“Companies should be aware that HSE will take robust action against those who unnecessarily put the lives of workers and the public at risk, and against those who endanger the environment, through the inappropriate supply and use of chemicals.” (HSE inspector Sarah Dutton)

The company also failed to check at the point of sale the paint stripper containing DCM was either being sold for use in industrial installations or, after October 2016, to appropriately certificated professionals, which is a condition of sale.

HSE worked with online platforms to have the advertisements for these products taken down and served enforcement notices to prohibit further supply. However, the enforcement notices were ignored by Abel (UK) ltd.

Abel (UK) Ltd’s director, Nicholas Corbett of Weddington Road, Nuneaton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 9 and 18 of The Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011 and Regulation 11(2) of The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008, and was given a 10-month custodial sentence.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Dutton said: “Chemicals are carefully regulated to protect human health and the environment. Sodium Chlorate is not approved for use in weed killers, as a safe level of use was not established for operators. Dichloromethane (DCM) has been restricted in paint strippers due to concerns for human health during its use – it has caused fatalities when not used properly.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will take robust action against those who unnecessarily put the lives of workers and the public at risk, and against those who endanger the environment, through the inappropriate supply and use of chemicals.”

Chemstore UK Managing Director Mike Brodie comments: “While this case focussed on the supply of chemicals it is a reminder to all companies who handle and use chemicals to take their obligations seriously. If in doubt contact an expert such as Chemstore who can help you review your procedures around the handling and storage of chemicals.

Privacy Policy – Compliance With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data Protection Policy

 

 

CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is committed to conducting its business in accordance with all applicable Data Protection laws and regulations in line with the highest standards of ethical conduct.

This policy outlines the expected behaviours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees and any third parties in relation to the use, retention, disclosure, transfer and destruction of any personal data belonging to a Data Subject CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is associated with.

Organisational methods for keeping data secure are essential and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd believes that it is good practice to keep clear records supported by strong procedures.  Line managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the principles of the GDPR and to adhere to CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd’s Data Protection Policy.

This policy is designed to comply with the requirements set out under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

This policy will be implemented in conjunction with the other CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd Data Privacy documents including:

  1. The Data Protection Notice
  2. Data Processor Agreements
  3. Data Protection Impact Statement

Definitions

Term Definition
Data Information in a form that can be processed.  It includes both automated data and manual data.
Automated data Any information on computer or information recorded with the intention of putting it on a computer.
Manual data Information that is kept as part of a relevant filing system, or with the intention that it should form part of a relevant filing system.
Data Controller A person who (either alone or with others) controls the contents and use of personal data.  A data controller is the individual or the legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of the personal information on computer or in a structured manual file.
Data Processor A person who processes personal data on behalf of a data controller but does not include an employee of a data controller who processes such data in the course of his employment.  If an organisation or person holds or processes personal data but does not exercise responsibility for or control over the personal data, then they are deemed to be a “data processor”.
Data Protection Officer (DPO) A CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd officer with responsibility for the Data Protection compliance of the organisation.
Data Subject A data subject is an individual who is the subject of personal data that is held by a data controller or processed by a data processor
 

 

Data Protection Impact Statement (DPIA)

 

 

A DPIA describes the process designed to identify the risks arising out of the processing of personal data and minimisation of these risks as far and as early as possible.  DPIAs are important tools for negating risk, and for demonstrating compliance, including ongoing compliance, with the GDPR.

GDPR The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Regulation 2016/679 which comes into effect in May 2018 and replaces the current Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and the Irish Data Protection Acts.
Personal data Data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of a data controller.
Processing Processing means performing any operation or set of operations on data, including:

·       Obtaining, recording or keeping data;

·       Collecting, organising, storing, altering or adapting the data;

·       Retrieving, consulting or using the data;

·       Disclosing the information or data by transmitting;

·       Disseminating or otherwise making it available;

·       Aligning, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying the data.

 

Retention Policy How long will CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd hold an individual’s personal data?  This will be influenced by a number of factors. Data must be retained for the least amount of time and will be stored securely and deleted at the appropriate time.
Sensitive Personal Data Any personal data relating to a person’s racial origin; political opinions or religious or other beliefs; physical or mental health; sexual life’; criminal convictions or the alleged commission of an offence; trade union membership.

Principles

Pursuant to the GDPR, the personal data that CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd holds will be:

  • Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals.
  • Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not processed in a manner which is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.
  • Accurate and where necessary, kept up to date. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will take all reasonable steps to ensure that all data which are irrelevant for the purposes for which they are collected shall be deleted.
  • Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed.
  • Held securely and protected against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss or damage.
  • The DPO shall be responsible for, and be able to, demonstrate compliance and that the above principles are met and to give a copy of the Data Subject’s data on request or to delete it where appropriate.

Legal Basis for collecting data

CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will process Personal Data in accordance with all applicable laws and contractual obligations.  CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will not process personal data unless at least one of the following requirements are met:

  1. The Data Subject has given consent to the processing of their personal data for one or more specific purposes
  2. Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the Data Subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering into a contract.
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Data Controller is subject
  1. Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the Data Subject or of another natural person
  2. Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Data Controller.
  3. Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Data Controller or by a Third Party (except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the Data Subject).

Rights of Users

Right to be informed.

The privacy notice supplied to individuals in regard to the processing of their personal data will be written in clear, plain language which is concise, transparent and easily accessible.

Where data is obtained directly from the data subject, information regarding whether the provision of personal data is part of a statutory or contractual requirement and the details of the categories of personal data, as well as any possible consequences of failing to provide the personal data, will be provided.  Where data is not obtained directly from that data subject, information regarding the source the personal data originates from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources, will be provided.

Right to access. Any Data Subject may contact CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd to confirm whether or not the Data Subject’s personal data is being processed. The categories of personal data processed will be clarified as well as the purposes for processing, the categories of recipients to whom personal data have been or will be disclosed and the envisaged storage period or criteria to determine that period.  Where a request is manifestly unfounded, excessive or repetitive, a reasonable fee will be charged.  All requests will be responded to without delay and at the latest, within one month of receipt.

Right to withdraw consent. Where consent is the basis for the processing of data the Data Subject may withdraw the consent at any time by contacting the DPO.

Right to rectification. Any Data Subject has the right to have inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored about them rectified.  Requests for rectification will be responded to within one month; this will be extended by two months where the request is complex.

Right to object. In case processing is based on a legitimate interest to run, maintain and develop the business CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd, any Data Subject has the right to object at any time to processing of the Data Subject’s personal data unless for the provision of business or if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd demonstrate other compelling legitimate grounds for processing that override the Data Subject’s interests, rights and freedoms, or for legal claims. Notwithstanding any consent granted beforehand for direct marketing purposes, any Data Subject has the right to prohibit CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd from using his/her personal data for direct marketing purposes, by contacting the DPO or by unsubscribing from direct marketing messages.

Right to restriction of processing. Individuals have the right to block or suppress CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd processing of personal data.  The processing of personal data will be restricted:

  1. Where an individual contests the accuracy of the data held and where CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd has verified the inaccuracy.
  2. Where an individual had objected to the processing and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is considering whether their legitimate grounds override those of the individual
  • Where the processing is unlawful and the individual opposes erasure and requests restriction instead
  1. Where CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd no longer needs the personal data but the individual requires the data to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim.

Right to data portability. Any Data Subject has the right to receive Data Subject’s personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.

Right to erasure. Data Subjects may request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.  This would include:

  1. Where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed
  2. When the Data Subject withdraws their consent
  • When the Data Subject objects to the processing and there is no overriding legitimate interest for continuing the processing
  1. The personal data was unlawfully processed
  2. The personal data is required to be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation.

CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd may object to a request for erasure:

  1. To exercise the right of freedom of expression and information
  2. To comply with a legal obligation
  • For public health purposes in the public interest
  1. The exercise or defence of a legal claim.

Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Data Protection Design

PIAs are compulsory under the GDPR.  It is essentially a risk assessment of proposed processing of personal data that is likely to result in a high risk of the data subject’s rights.  A PIA must be carried out prior to commencing that processing.  It should be noted that if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd comes to the attention of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, the PIA will be the first line of defence.

Conducting a PIA will improve awareness in CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd of the data protection risks associated with a project.  Carrying out a PIA is good practice and a useful tool to help CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd as Data Controller to comply with protection law. This will help to improve the design of your project and enhance your communication about data privacy risks with relevant stakeholders. Some of the benefits of conducting a DPIA are as follows:

  • Ensuring and demonstrating that CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd complies with the GDPR and avoids sanctions.
  • Inspiring confidence in the public by improving communications about data protection issues.
  • Ensuring data subjects are not at risk of their data protection rights being violated.
  • Enabling CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd to incorporate “data protection by design” into new projects.
  • Reducing operation costs by optimising information flows within a project and eliminating unnecessary data collection and processing.
  • Reducing data protection related risks to CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd.
  • Reducing the cost and disruption of data protection safeguards by integrating them into project design at an early stage.

Data Protection by design means embedding data privacy features and data privacy enhancing technologies directly into the design of projects at an early stage. This will help to ensure better and more cost-effective protection for individual data privacy.

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

A DPO will be appointed to:

  • Inform and advise CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd and its employees about their obligations to comply with the GDPR and other data protection laws;
  • Monitor CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd’s compliance with GDPR and other laws, including managing internal data protection activities, advising on data protection impact assessments, conducting internal audits and providing the required training to staff members.

The DPO will report to the highest level of management at CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd.  Sufficient resources will be provided to the DPO to enable them to meet their GDPR requirements.

All enquiries should be made in writing to privacy@chemstore.ie or privacy@chemstore.co.uk.

Direct Marketing

Direct marketing can be described as the communication (by whatever means) of any advertising or marketing material which is directed at particular individuals. Consent is central to the rules on direct marketing and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive to obtain an individual’s consent before sending any marketing material.  To be valid, consent must be knowingly and freely given, clear and specific.  CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will keep a clear record of what has been consented to, when are where this consent has been obtained so that compliance may be demonstrated in the event of a complaint.

The clearest way of obtaining consent is to invite the customer to tick an opt-in box confirming that they wish to receive marketing messages via specific channels.  CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive, in conjunction with their IT Support, to ensure that communication involves a positive action on the part of the individual to consent to direct marketing.  There will be a clear and positive statement explaining that the action indicates consent to receive marketing messages from CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd.  Best practice is to provide an unticked opt-in box and invite the person to confirm their agreement by ticking.  CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will ensure that the language used is clear and easy to understand.

The right to object to marketing is absolute and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd must stop processing for these purposes when someone objects. This is so for business to business marketing.

Data Access Request (DAR) and Data Rectification or Deletion Requests (DRDR) – Procedures

  1. All data access requests directed to CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd must be in writing. On receipt of a request from a data subject please advise them to put the request in writing and address it to the relevant company officer (DPO).
  2. Ensure the letter of request is date-stamped on receipt. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd must reply to the request within 40 days of receipt of same.
  3. The relevant company officer must ensure that the request is valid and sufficient identification is required in order to identify the data subject.
  4. No administration fee will be charged for considering and/or complying with such a request unless the request is deemed to be unnecessary or excessive in nature.
  5. If the request cannot be fully complied with within the time frame the DPO shall provide the following information to the Data Subject
    1. An acknowledgement of the receipt of the request
    2. Any information located to date
    3. Details for any requested information which will not be provided to the Data Subject, the reason(s) for refusal, and any procedures available for appealing the decision
    4. An estimated date by which any remaining responses will be provided
    5. An estimate of any costs to be paid by the Data Subject (e.g. where the request is excessive in nature)
    6. The name and contact details of the CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd individual to be contacted for follow up.
  6. It should be noted that it may arise where providing the information requested by the Data Subject would disclose Personal data about another individual and in such cases, information must be redacted or withheld a may be necessary or appropriate to protect that person’s rights.
  7. A search should be undertaken within CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd no matter what the format and all data identified should be reviewed by the DPO.
  8. A final decision on disclosure/deletion of the requested information will be taken by the DPO, in conjunction with any other Director of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd where appropriate and as required.
  9. The extracted data is collated into an easily understood format and sent by registered post to the Data Subject.
  10. For DRDR the information is deleted from each of the systems on which it is located, including shredding of hardcopy documents. The IT administrator should be informed that the information should be fully deleted from the system.
  11. The DPO will keep copies of all DAR and DRDR requests on a registered file.

Data Protection Training

All CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees that have access to Personal Data will have their responsibilities under this policy outlined to them as part of their staff induction training.

Further information and guidance can be obtained on the Data Protection Commissioner’s website www.dataprotection.ie.

Third-Party Processors

In the course of its role as Data Controller, CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd engages a number of Data Processors to process Personal Data on its behalf. In each case, a formal, written contract is in place with the Processor, outlining their obligations in relation to the Personal Data, the specific purpose or purposes for which they are engaged, and the understanding that they will process the data in compliance with the Irish Data Protection legislation and the GDPR.

These Data Processors include:

–         Salesforce

–         FBS Business Systems

–         Pegasus Opera

–         TNT

–         O’Carroll Crane Hire & Haulage

–         Aqua Trans International Ltd.

–         Gore Transport

–         Expeditors

This list may be amended as required.

Sending Personal Data Outside the EEA

Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the EEA unless that county or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will transfer personal data only where the organisation receiving the personal data has provided adequate safeguards. Individuals’ rights must be enforceable and effective legal remedies for individuals must be available following the transfer.

CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will use Model Contract Clauses, Binding Contract Rules or Binding Corporate Rules for Processor or other contractual arrangements in order to establish adequate safeguards to protect the rights and provide remedies to Data Subjects where their data is transferred outside the EEA.

Data Protection Breach

Any loss of personal data in paper or digital format will be responded to and managed in accordance with CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd data Security Breach Procedures and in compliance with the provisions set out in the Data Protection Commissioner’s personal data Security Breach Code of Practice and available at https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Data_Security_Breach_Code_of_Practice/1082.htm

It is essential that all incidents (including suspected incidents) which give rise to the risk of unauthorised disclosure, loss, destruction or alteration or personal data are reported without delay to the DPO.

Incidents can include:

  • Minor incidents which do not actually result in unauthorised disclosure, loss, destruction or alteration of personal data;
  • Major incidents for example: loss or theft of devices such as laptops, files or unauthorised access to the company environment.

A data protection breach can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • Loss or theft of data or equipment on which data is stored
  • Loss of theft of documents
  • Inappropriate access controls allowing unauthorised use
  • Equipment failure
  • Human error
  • Unforeseen circumstances such as flood or fire
  • A hacking attack
  • Obtaining information from the organisation by deception
  • Misaddressing of e-mails
  • Improper dissemination of information

In the event of a data breach happening, the DPO must be notified immediately.  it must not be assumed that someone else has already notified the breach.

The breach should be notified using a Personal Data Security Breach Form set out in Appendix 1 of this policy.

The DPO will assess the breach and make a decision on the next steps to be taken.

After a review of the breach by the DPO, if the data breached affects the rights of a data subject, the DPO will inform the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of the breach within 72 hours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd becoming aware of the breach.

A summary of any data breach that occurs, containing the facts relating to the personal data breach, its effects and the remedial action taken, will be recorded in a log maintained by the DPO.

DNV 2.7-2 certified hazardous materials safety store

Chemstore has introduced the world’s first DNV2.7-2 certified hazardous materials safety store. The Firevault module is a next generation design that will significaantly reduce risk, downtime, and liability when working with hazardous materials in zoned areas on an offshore rig.

The DNV2.7-2 Firevault is the only Module Type 5 Functional Group 6 (Flammable Material/Paint Store) available to the Global Oil & Gas sector that allows the Duty Holder to be compliant with DNV2.7-2, the HSE Safety Case Regulation 2015, PFEER 2015 and DSEAR 2002 and meets the needs of the HID Regulatory Model by mitigating or preventing major hazard risks with flammables offshore.

The Firevault provides seamless management of hazardous materials in the most critical environments backed by Chemstore Connect, a powerful software platform for the management of hazardous materials. The Firevault is designed to increase the safety, productivity and profitability of your offshore operations.

 

 

 

Some of the Firevault’s key features:

  • Safe and secure storage for hazardous materials, petroleum, products, solvents, paints, adhesives, lubricants and chemicals.
  • Critical equipment protection enclosure.
  • Suitable for storage of fire and chemical suits, breathing apparatus, personnel protective equipment, emergency recovery equipment, dry suits and critical items.
  • Remote changing facilities for emergency response personnel.
  • Standalone laboratory modules or process units.

 

 

 

 

 

Chemstore joins NOF Energy

Here at Chemstore, we are continually researching ways to develop our presence in the UK and broaden our scope in industrial sectors throughout the country. This week Chemstore has joined many other successful companies in becoming a member of NOF Energy.

 

NOF Energy is a highly proactive business development organisation working on behalf of companies within the oil & gas, offshore renewables and power sectors.

With a renewed focus on the Oil & Gas, Renewables and power sectors the Chemstore team is excited to work with NOF and we are looking forward to partaking in the many valuable events managed by the organisation.

Take a look at some of the work NOF does for UK business below: