National Chemical Emergency Centre

Coordinates: 51°34′39″N 1°18′25″W / 51.577428°N 1.306952°W / 51.577428; -1.306952

The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) is a former UK government agency, now privately owned as part of Ricardo plc, providing information related to chemical accidents (spillages and fires) to emergency services in the United Kingdom and other countries.

National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)
TypeDivision
IndustryChemical industry information
FounderUK Government
Headquarters
Harwell, Didcot
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ParentRicardo plc
Websitethe-ncec.com

The NCEC is headquartered on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire.

HistoryEdit

The NCEC was formed in 1973 as a government agency.[1] On 1 March 1979 the Centre launched, in cooperation with the Home Office, its Hazfile computer database, made available to fifteen British fire services,[2] listing over 10,000 chemical compounds; this was later replaced by the Chemdata system. A similar system in the USA is called RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances).

FunctionEdit

Most chemical safety legislation in the UK covers the transport of hazardous chemicals by road. Companies carrying dangerous substances must comply with the legislation. The NCEC worked with the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) to develop a set of safety codes for carrying dangerous chemicals[3] for National Intervention in Chemical Transport Emergencies Centres across Europe.

ChemdataEdit

In the 1980s the NCEC developed the Chemdata[4][5] hazardous material database, which was provided to British fire services for use in case of chemical accidents.[6]

Chemdata lists over 61,600 safety data sheets (SDS) for dangerous substances. It is published in six languages.

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