25th June 2014


The SIA Technical Sub-Committee has completed its latest Guidance Note relating to Confined Space Entry.


Download Guidance Note 57


For further information, please contact Andrew Norman, General Secretary or telephone 07758 118675.





The SIA announces that the first session of our new one-day training course, An Introduction to the Solvents Industry, will take place on Thursday 10th July at the Shell Oils UK office in Manchester, UK.


The course is designed to offer an introduction to all aspects of the Solvent Industry, and will provide a training platform to benefit people new to the industry, or for those with more experience and are keen to learn more.


Delegate rates are priced at £199.00 per person for SIA members, and £275.00 for non-members.


Further 2014 dates to be announced.


For more information, please contact Andrew Norman, General Secretary or telephone 07758 118675.




17th April 2014


The Solvents Industry Association has today released the eagerly anticipated Guidance Note 51 - Selection of IBCs for Handling Hydrocarbon and Oxygenated Solvents, which is available now for free download.


Compiled by experts of the SIA Technical Sub-Committee, the Guidance Note, which replaces the previous GN51 document, is aimed at reducing uncertainty for end-users in the selection of suitable IBCs for a range of solvents, based upon their physical properties and individual characteristics.


Download SIA Guidance Note 51







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The Solvents Industry Association has been announced the winner of RoSPA’s SME Assistance Trophy in recognition of its outstanding contribution to helping small and medium-sized firms with accident and ill health prevention.


The trade association for the solvents industry was presented with the award at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on May 14. The presentation was made to Peter Davis, general secretary of the Solvents Industry Association.


The SME Assistance Trophy is presented annually as part of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, which are sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health).


It is acknowledged that many SMEs rely on the expertise of trade associations and similar bodies for advice and assistance about managing health and safety in a balanced and sensible way. The SME Assistance Trophy recognises the most outstanding contribution made by a trade association or similar body to providing health and safety assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises.


David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The Solvents Industry Association was selected as 2013 SME Assistance Trophy winner in recognition of its complete range of information and advisory services for members, and its good approach to promoting awareness of current issues in health and safety.”


This year, there were nearly 2,000 entries registered in total for the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, and judging is still ongoing for organisations hoping to receive an award at the RoSPA Scotland ceremony in Glasgow in September.  


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a safety charity with a history stretching back 97 years. Visit for more information about the awards and a full list of winners.  


Quote from SIA General Secretary - Peter Davis


 It gives me great pleasure to report that our trade association, the Solvents Industry Association, has won the RoSPA SME Assistance Trophy for 2013 - see above link for information about the Award. I had the honour of receiving the Award from the RoSPA President Lord Jordan of Bournville at a RoSPA Gala Dinner on Tuesday 14th May 2013.  


This is a great achievement for our small Trade Association and it would not have happened without the support from our Executive Committee, our Technical Sub-Committee (in particular our TSC chairman John Butcher), our partners in ESIG and our film maker Nik Read of New Vision Productions   The Award is in recognition of our work through Guidance Notes and DVDs to make the workplace a safer place for all working in our industry and for all who use our products.      


SIA launches 'Solvents and IBCs' film at its AGM.


‘New ‘Solvents and IBCs’ DVD supports safe selection, operation, storage and handling of IBCs’.


October 2012 --The Solvents Industry Association, SIA, and the European Solvents Industry Group, ESIG, have joined forces to produce a DVD that provides a simple guide on how to safely select, operate, store and handle International Bulk Containers, ‘IBCs’ for all users of solvents. This DVD is aimed at all persons working in the organisation, from the shop floor to those with responsibility for packaging operations and logistics, and is particularly aimed at end-users operating in small and medium sized enterprises.


It deals with the hazards associated with the use of IBCs in handling solvents and includes film from the Health and Safety Laboratory of the HSE. The DVD then goes on to discuss the basic features of various types of IBCs and the steps that should be taken to ensure that the correct IBC is selected for a particular solvent including both operations and transport legislation.


Best practice in filling and decanting operations is described as well as routine inspection and maintenance. The DVD describes storage and transport procedures including systems design and operation and concludes with a risk assessment approach to the safe use of IBCs and the necessary training regimes required.


At all times the DVD directs operators in the workplace to information available in a well regulated solvents industry to help them use IBCs safely.


The film is 20 minutes long and the DVD includes English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian versions. It is free of charge and can be obtained from ESIG, or the SIA, and can be downloaded shortly from either of the above websites as a whole or in separate clips.


The DVD is part of ESIG´s and the SIA´s continuing work programme to promote best practice in the solvents industry to improve health and safety performance and to minimise any potential environmental impact.


Against this background it is a valuable addition to the SIA/ESIG ‘Safe Handling of Solvents’ and ‘Solvents and Static Electricity’ DVDs.


Further information can be obtained from or