In 1976 an accident happened at a chemical plant in Seveso, Italy which manufactured herbicides and pesticides. A dense vapour cloud containing tetrachlorodibenzoparadioxin (TCDD), a poisonous carcinogen, was released from a runaway exothermic reaction. This resulted in more than 2000 people being treated for dioxin poisoning.
Following the Seveso accident, legislation was compiled aimed at the prevention and control of such accidents. In 1996 the Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major accident hazards – so called Seveso II Directive – was adopted.
According to the Seveso II Directive, employers must:
CMSE Consultancy Safety engineers will perform inventory assessments for the COMAH site and will develop a report with the following information:
* ‘Likely to be present’ – eg inventory variations which may occur because of seasonal demand, fluctuations in business activity etc, or dangerous substances which may be present sometimes but not at other times. Also includes dangerous substances which may be generated during the loss of control of an industrial chemical process.
Preparation of COMAH Pre-construction Safety Report for clients who are planning new sites under the COMAH Regulations. This work will include: