The Refined Bitumen Association (RBA) has served the bitumen industry in the UK since 1968.
In response to consolidation, restructuring and common challenges within the industry, we have taken the decision that our members’ interests would be enhanced and strengthened by our being part of a centralised European operation. This will help us continue to promote bituminous materials and serve the construction industry locally in the most efficient way.
From 1 January 2015, the administration of the RBA’s operations will be transferred to Eurobitume, with whom we have been working increasingly closely over recent years. From then on, the UK’s major bitumen producers will be represented by Eurobitume UK. The UK association’s team remains in place and we will maintain our focus on promotion, safety and technical activities.
Within Eurobitume, the organisation will contribute to and benefit from a stronger, consistent voice, more effective communications tools, and focused local representation.
Welcome to The Refined Bitumen Association Website
Founded in 1968, The Refined Bitumen Association is the consolidated voice of the UK bitumen supply industry. Its membership comprises the UK's major bitumen producers who, between them, supply nearly all of the country's bitumen.
As a consultative body, the RBA promotes the most effective use of bituminous materials within the construction industry, provides technical advice and information, and funds research into bituminous products.
The Association is involved in the development of industry policy on quality assurance and best practices relating to issues such as safety, storage and the handling of bitumen. The RBA is also involved in the development of specifications and test methods for bitumen as well as working with contractors and authorities on issues relating to the use and recycling of bituminous materials.
The Association liaises closely with the European Bitumen Association, Eurobitume and with a network of national bitumen associations, ARBIT in Germany and GPB in France , to promote the safe and efficient use of bitumen.
To view or download the latest RBA Toolbox Talks, please click on the links below or visit the Safety page:
- RBA Toolbox Talk on Site Induction
- RBA Toolbox Talk on Using the Bitumen Discharge Permit
- RBA Toolbox Talk on Personal Protective Equipment
- RBA Toolbox Talk - Emergency Shower
- RBA Pocket Guide to Safe Delivery of Bitumen
Bitumen and occupational hazard
“Hazard” and “Risk” have very different meanings. See how they differ on the Health page.
The Guidance for Safe Bitumen Tank Management has been revised and updated – please visit the Safety page