Bitumen, a naturally occurring substance, is relatively inert, has a low volatility, a very low water solubility and, as such, enjoys a safe record of use as a construction product. The RBA is committed to the consolidation of the industry's existing safety record in relation to the handling of liquid bitumen and to the further promotion of best practice handling procedures.
Most bitumen safety hazards arise from the handling of bitumen in an elevated temperature. To prevent burns it is advised that those handling bitumen wear full-body protection. Guidance on suitable protective clothing can be obtained from your local bitumen supplier. Bitumen suppliers can also assist with on-site safety training and can provide specialist literature on safe handling procedures.
For general information on implementing a safe handling policy contact the RBA's Technical Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guide to Safe Delivery of Bitumen sets the industry benchmark for the delivery, receipt and storage of bitumen products through the definition of best practices and minimum standards.
The UK Edition, co-ordinated by the RBA's HS&E Committee, replaces the RBA’s Code of Practice for the Safe Delivery of Bitumen Products and is designed to further improve safety standards and promote the importance of safety within the UK bitumen industry.
The Guide has been further developed by Eurobitume members and is intended to raise awareness of safety issues within the bitumen delivery process and to highlight the responsibilities of those involved within the supply chain. It builds on experience in France, Germany, the UK and the USA.
A copy of the Guide to Safe Delivery of Bitumen – UK Edition can be obtained from bitumen suppliers, by contacting the RBA Technical Director's Office at email@example.com or by downloading it here:
There are around 325 asphalt plants in the UK involving approximately 1300 bitumen storage tanks. Spillages from these bitumen storage tanks as a result of over filling have a high potential for serious injury as bitumen is stored at high temperatures and has a large thermal capacity.
This document explains the fundamental principles that need to be adopted at all asphalt plants, for the safe operation of bitumen storage tanks, to reduce the risk of occurrence of a potentially serious incident.
This guide has been produced by the Refined Bitumen Association and the Mineral Products Association.
All persons working with hot bitumen should be familiar with the first aid procedures recommended for the treatment of burns.
The Refined Bitumen Association (RBA) and the Mineral Products Association (MPA) share a common objective, which is to promote the best safe working practices within the industries they represent. To visit the MPA website, please click here: www.mineralproducts.org