Handling, transport and storage of PE pipe and fittings
IGEM/G/8 covers the handling, transport and storage of PE pipe
(coils, on drums, straight lengths supplied individually or as
There is a common misconception that PE pipe products are
lightweight and thus do not require the same stringent health and
safety controls that are adopted for the handling of steel
This Standard highlights precautions to control PE pipe products
being delivered, off-loaded and stored safely at customers' sites.
The underlying theme is that PE pipe products be treated with a
similar level of caution as perceived heavier steel pipe products
and be unloaded in a controlled manner.
New Edition - What has changed?
Although IGEM/G/8 has not been published before, this Standard
supersedes IGE/TD/3 Edition 4 Supplement 1 which is now
In 2009, the UK Plastic Pipes Industry issued Guidelines for the
safe delivery and unloading of plastic pipes to customers' sites.
These Guidelines received the written support of the Head of
Injuries Reduction Programme, HSE. This Standard embraces the
content of the Guidelines in terms of risk assessment, order
placement, and receiving and unloading pipe deliveries. The
opportunity has also been taken to update the Standard in terms of
references, definitions and prescription.