In July 2012, Eurobitume published the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) 2nd Edition, which replacedf the 2009 LCI and the original (1999) Bitumen Life Cycle Inventory.
The bitumen LCI is a cradle to gate study covering the extraction of crude oil; transport to Europe, including pipeline and ship transport; manufacturing bitumen in a complex refinery; and hot storage of the product.
It also takes into account the construction of production facilities (infrastructure).
In March 2011, Eurobitume and the Asphalt Institute published an updated, definitive guide to bitumen which provides a global industry overview addressing the need to quantify the manufacture and composition of bitumen.
Eurobitume's Task Force Data Collection created a comprehensive database of bitumen properties for many commercially available bitumens in Europe. The purpose of the project was to allow assessment of the various test methods proposed as candidates to measure properties which may be suitable for future bitumen specifications..
Eurobitume has prepared a guidance table translating the current list of REACH use descriptors for bitumen, prepared by CONCAWE, into uses and applications commonly understood throughout the bitumen industry.
This information is given here to enable downstream users to see the list of uses that were included in the preparation of registration dossiers.
The Eurobitume guides to safe delivery of bitumen were developed by Eurobitume members to highlight the responsibilities of all of those involved in the supply chain and summarise best practices.This edition, published in English, should be viewed as the guideline for Europe as a whole. It refers to existing EU Health, Safety & Environmental legislation. Users should check local conditions and regulations and add any specific national requirements that are not included.
A summary of the latest results from the most recent study of lung cancer in European asphalt workers, conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has again found no association between lung cancer risk and exposure to bitumen fumes.
Construction products in contact with drinking water, fall within the scope of the Construction Products Directive (CPD, 89/106/EEC). This report describes the approach proposed by Eurobitume to the EAS Coordination group in 2004 and reports laboratory testing. The results show that Regulated Dangerous Substances (RDS) are not released from bitumen into drinking water in quantities exceeding regulatory limits
A description of the production, chemistry, use, specification and occupational exposures related to bitumen from the manufacturers' perspective. A joint publication of the Asphalt Institute and Eurobitume.
Bitumen in service (in the road, on the roof, ... ) is an inert material and represents no hazard to human health. During its storage, transportation and application it is heated to high temperatures so, for those working with bitumen, hazards do exist, although these can be easily managed.
“Hazard” and “Risk” have very different meanings. See how they differ here.