August 2018

In this issue, we cover the following topics:

  • New Lab – Concept becomes the fourth lab to join our growing list of labs able to offer the .hwol data delivery format
  • Two new software tools that make classifications easier and quicker 
  • Date for the next CIRIA webinar
  • Copy of the HazWasteOnline presentation given at the recent Joint Northern Contaminated Land Fora in Leeds
  • Copy of the workshop presentation given at the Geological Society Contaminated Land and Groundwater meeting in Manchester
  • We are giving a paper at CRETE 2018: 6th International Conference on industrial and hazardous waste management
  • ATP 11 published by the European Commission

We are pleased to announce that Concept Life Sciences is now able to deliver the .hwol data file format for the rapid and auditable input of chemistry data into a Job in HazWasteOnline.

If your favourite lab is Concept (or any of the other labs listed below) and you want to start importing .hwol data files;

  • simply ask the lab for the .hwol file along with your normal deliverables.
  • send Support ( a copy of the .hwol file
  • Support will check the file and then call you to guide you through the importation of your first .hwol file.

The current list of labs that support the .hwol data file format is:

  • ALS
  • Chemtest
  • Concept Life Sciences
  • Exova Jones

DETS, I2, SOCOTEC and Chemtech are in the process of  commissioning their new Lab Information Management System (which has to be done first) and/or working towards providing the .hwol format so expect to see them coming on board later in the year.

Two New Features

When asked, we do some consulting work for our customers. This means that we not only develop HazWasteOnline but more critically, use the software to solve problems and in doing so, find limitations in the functionality where we could do better. Two such limitations that have been addressed are outlined below.

These two functions are available to users with licences for the Professional & Packages Edition.

1.    Review Reasoning for All Species

When you include a speciated metal in a Job or a Waste Stream template, e.g. zinc in the form of zinc oxide, you have to supply a reason as to why that species has been selected. This explanation then goes into your PDF report.

One route to editing the reason is via the Manage Species menu option, used when you select the species. However, this only lets you edit or review one metal at a time – this can be time consuming and onerous when you have a dozen metals to check. The new functionality allows you to access all the reasons for all the speciated metals in one view.

To access the functionality:

  • In a Waste Stream template, click on the magic wand icon and select “Review reasoning for all species…”
  • In a Job, click on the Determinands label at the top of the column and select “Review reasoning for all species…”. (see screen grab below)
  • Edit text as required and then click OK to save

2.    Copy an Existing Substance

Sometimes, a classifier has to define their own substance for use in a Job. This may be because the substance they need either isn’t in the database or the one in the database isn’t fit for their waste stream. This new tool allows the classifier to copy an existing substance and then edit the substance’s meta data as required.

The requirement to have an alternative substance might be because:

  1. In the case of an inorganic compound, you want to add a conversion factor so that the software converts the concentration from the total metal (lab) concentration to the compound’s concentration.
  2. The CLP entry in incomplete (missing one or more hazard properties), e.g. all the oils in the CLP) and you want to add the missing hazard statements based on a review of some up-to-date Safety Data Sheets
  3. It is a green dot / worst case substance (i.e. defined by HazWasteOnline) and you can justify a less worse case version of the substance

Working in a Waste Stream template; to copy an existing substance (substances are called determinands in HazWasteOnline) e.g. TPH (C6 to C40) petroleum group, click on the determinand and select “Copy determinand as…” from the menu (see screen grab below).

This brings up the meta data window for the determinand. From here, you can modify the determinand’s meta data, including it’s name, hazard statements, conversion factor, data sources. and comments

When you click the Save button, it will add the new (modified) determinand to the bottom of the Waste Stream template.

CIRIA Webinar

Following the popularity of January’s webinar (> 100 dial-ins), CIRIA has asked us to give another webinar.

Titled “Waste Classification for soils – Data Management”; this webinar will examine some of the mistakes and misunderstandings associated with the selection, transcription, use and classification of lab data and how an innovative development is 1) helping labs deliver a better product and 2) waste classifiers get a better, quicker and more reliable classification

Scheduled for 12.45 on the 20th September 2017, further details and the full abstract can be found here

Recent Presentations

Last month, we gave a couple of presentations at some one day meetings.

The first one was a presentation titled “WM3 and Waste Classification” at Joint Northern Contaminated Land Fora – 2018 Summer Conference .in Leeds on the 10th July. The presentation covered some of the challenges contractors have with respect to poor data and common misconceptions around waste classification

Click here to download a copy of the presentation

The second was a workshop titled  “Waste Classification – Down & Dirty” at the Geological Society’s Contaminated Land and Groundwater meeting in Manchester on the 26th July. The workshop was run twice and covered a number of topics including the reasons we developed the .hwol file import tool, how to pick a zinc species and a forensic case study that helps to answer the question – “what is TPH?”

Click here to download a copy of the workshop

CRETE 2018:  6th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management

We are giving a paper at the 6th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management (4th – 7th September, Chania, Crete).

The paper, titled: “Why you shouldn’t assume your non-hazardous feedstock is non-hazardous” is a case study covering the forensic analysis of a filter cake produced from the manufacture of fire fighting foam from hoof and horn meal; a filter cake that should have been non-hazardous but was unexpectedly found to be contaminated by chromium and some petroleum hydrocarbons.

The paper will be published after the conference. If you would like a copy please contact us

ATP 11

ATP 11 (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/669) was published on the 16th of April 2018. This ATP is 755 pages long and contains the translations of all ~4500 chemical names into the other European languages.

The 11th ATP is based on the consolidated text of the CLP Regulation up to the 6th ATP, as in the later ATPs the chemical names are already translated. All other information, apart from the chemical names, remains applicable as stated in the relevant ATPs, in particular that related to classification and labelling, unless an entry has been modified by an ATP that has been adopted after the 6th ATP and is already applicable.

While we offer English, Italian, German and French (draft only) versions of HazWasteOnline, we do not have the translations for the chemical names.

If you have any questions about the articles in this email, please get in contact by phone or by email.

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