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The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can read  their most up-to-date Health & Safety Guidance on the Health and Safety Executive Website.


Should I take extra precautions when cleaning the workplace?

The Government has published guidance which sets out what it believes is the most effective way to clean surfaces, communal areas and items of clothing.

British Marine would encourage its members to familiarise themselves with this guidance and follow advice from the NHS and Public Health England.

Our members should also read the Back to Business guides we have prepared to help them resume operations.

We would encourage our members to familiarise themselves with this set of guidance and conduct a work-based risk assessment. This is recommended by the UK Government and will help employers to manage the risk of transmission in their place of work moving forward

SAFETY ALERT - Alcohol based hand sanitisers

IOGP Safety Alert: Alcohol Based hand-sanitiser warning

The UK Chamber of Shipping received the safety alert below from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP).

A PDF version of the IOGP safety alert can be accessed here
This safety alert is also hosted on the UK Chamber of Shipping website, rel="noopener noreferrer" which can be accessed here.

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser warning

This report is in relation to a Company customer with an employee who used alcohol-based hand gel sanitiser, as per the current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene requirements.
After application, but before the liquid sanitiser had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of static created an ignition source and the sanitiser ignited, resulting in an almost invisible flame on both hands.
The individual managed to extinguish the flames but was left with first and second degree burns (see picture).

What went wrong?

Hand sanitiser gels contain concentrations of alcohol. Once the hand sanitiser is applied, individuals must
make sure the gel has suitable time to dry.
In the interest of safety, remember that alcohol vapours can ignite if exposed to an ignition source, such as light switches or cigarette lighters.

Corrective actions and recommendations

a. When using the alcohol-based hand gel sanitisers, ensure the gel is given suitable time to fully dry/evaporate.
b. Avoid touching any surface until the gel has fully dried. Any form of ignition source has the potential to cause the same issues as experienced by the individual.
c. If unsure about using the alcohol-based sanitisers, washing hands with hot soapy water has the same effect as the hand gel.

Figure 1: Alcohol based hand sanitisers - burns

R2 Pipe Tech Discounts

R2 Pipetech Ltd offer innovative coating products which help keep help keep crew, drivers, and staff  safe and reduce operating costs. 

R2 Pipetech's TriBioSan sanitizing solution is perfect for whole room or vehicle decontamination. Dry misting with TriBioSan will allow total air and surface decontamination of all areas, including soft furnishings, carpets and hard to reach areas. TriBioSan should also be used to spot treat high traffic surfaces like door handles, work stations, mobile phones, chairs, desks and any high touch surface. The perfect product to sanitise all hard surface areas following removal of visible soiling by spraying and/or dry misting.

  • Kills 99.9999% of pathogens in 30 seconds (log 6)
  • Triple action – sanitises, deoderises and slows regrowth
  • Contains No alcohol
  • Contains No Bleach
  • Leaves No Residue
  • Broad Spectrum Biocide/sanitiser
  • Available with or without fragrance upon request

R2 Pipetech Ltd would be delighted to offer all British Marine members the following discounts and offers.

  • 5%  discount on all orders up to £2,500
  • 7%  discount on all orders above £2,500
  • 5%  discount on all equipment hire
  • 10% discount on all equipment sales
  • Free on line group or individual company training using Zoom in the use of their products and equipment to properly deep clean surfaces. 
Members can connect over E mail or mobile both of which are listed on R2Pipetech's website: