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01 February

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Is there a place for SF₆ in the transition towards a low carbon future in transport, energy and industry?

The recent drive for electrification has led to a dramatic increase in the use of Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF₆).A dielectric gas, SF₆ is used to prevent short circuits and catastrophic incidents within the electrical industry. Despite its desirable electrical insulation properties, SF₆ is a highly potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential (GWP) 23,500 times greater than that of CO₂.

 

Important changes to legislation: EH40 Version 4 – what’s hot, and what’s definitely not!

On the 17th Jan, the fourth version of EH40 was released to the public to minimal fanfare.This document is the ultimate referral guide to those working with substances considered hazardous to health, as it informs you just how much your workers can safely be exposed to a specific substance present in the air.

 

Monitoring VOCs for better control

Many Part B processes have a single obligation for the monitoring of VOC emissions to atmosphere, which is to have an annual survey completed under the Solvent Reduction Scheme.This annual “health check” is a basic requirement and, if on the day of the test the emissions are lower than the site permit, no further action is required. There is an argument that it may well be in the site's best interest to understand their emissions on a more continuous basis.

 

VOCs from Desktop 3D Printers

Over the past five years Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) desktop 3D printers have become widely used across the world, enabling fast production of components and other items for future technologies or existing products.Many businesses, schools and private individuals have invested in polymer filament desktop 3D printers with a large portion of the market being in education. 3D printers can range from desktop models to very large industrial units and they all come with potential health risks.

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