May 2019

  • Competency
    • As introduced in February’s newsletter, examples of how we plan to modify your classification reports with your training status – from October 2019
  • New charges for resellers and covering the time taken to supplier paperwork
  • ATP 12 published
  • Current list of labs who offer the .hwol file format


In February’s newsletter, we let stakeholders know that we are going to add a Registered User’s training record to their classification reports later in the year (October).  Feedback following February’s announcement has been very supportive, welcoming the initiative as a positive contribution that raises standards and improves competency.

So in this newsletter we are going to share our ideas as to how this will be documented on your classification reports. The training record will be added alongside the Registered User’s name/details in the “Classified by” data block, located on the first page of the PDF classification report. Five mock-ups are shown below.

Example 1: User has not yet undertaken any training in the use of the software or in advanced waste classification.

Example 2: User has undertaken the basic course only and needs to complete the advanced course in the next 12 months to maintain their status.

Example 3: User has completed both the basic and advanced course. They will need to take a refresher within 3 years to maintain their status.

Example 4: User has completed  both the basic and advanced course but has not undertaken a refresher course in 3 years so their training has expired.

Example 5: User has completed a refresher within 3 years so their training is up to date.

If you have any comments or thoughts on these changes, please get in touch.

New Charges for Resellers and for the completion of Supplier Questionnaires

We are introducing two new charges to cover the extra work needed to manage the requirements of a small number of customers.

1) Where a customer outsources the management of their software licences to a third party (known as a reseller), we will be charging an extra £250 + VAT pa to cover the extra work needed  to manage the reseller.

2) Where a customer’s procurement department requires us to;

  • activate a supplier’s account on a web portal and / or complete some type of multipage  “Supplier Evaluation” or “Supplier Reassessment” form to maintain our “accreditation status as an approved supplier to Company X”, alongside requirements to read various policies and other paperwork,
  • and does not or cannot accept our generic forms which contain the same or very similar information,

we will charge an extra fee of £200 +VAT (per occurrence) to complete the forms.

ATP 12

A new Adaptation to the Technical and scientific Progress (ATP) of the CLP (Regulation (EU) 2019/521) was published on the 27th of March 2019.

ATP12 takes into account the sixth and seventh revised editions of the GHS that introduce a new hazard class for desensitised explosives and a new hazard category, pyrophoric gases, within the hazard class flammable gases.

Other changes include adaptations to:

  • extra generic cut-off values: 1% cut-off values have been added to H335 STOT SE, Category 3 and H304 Aspirational Toxicity Category 1,
  • the criteria for substances and mixtures which in contact with water emit flammable gases,
  • the general provisions to classify aerosol forms of mixtures,
  • the detail of the definitions and classification criteria as appropriate for the hazard classes :
    • explosives, flammable gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, acute toxicity, skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation, respiratory and skin sensitisation, germ cell mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, specific target organ toxicity and aspiration hazard.
  • In addition, amendments are introduced to some hazard and precautionary statements.

This new regulation comes into force by the 17th October 2020 and we expect the changes that affect waste classification to be included in the revised editions of both the UK (WM4) and the European guidance, some time in the next 12-18 months.

You can download a copy of ATP12 here.

Labs that can publish .hwol files

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

  • ALS (Deeside)
  • Chemtest (Newmarket)
  • DETS (South)
  • Exova Jones (Deeside)
  • i2

If your wish to start importing .hwol data files from one of these labs;

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

Concept Life Sciences are almost ready to publish .hwol files; we are just working with them to sort out a technical issue that we encountered when testing some of their deliverables. 

Envirolab, SOCOTEC, Chemtech DETS (north) and ELS 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 in 2019.