How can you ensure your BEKRA Compliance?
In general terms according to the EU SEVESO II Directive you must:
Take all measures necessary to prevent major accidents and to limit their consequences for both man and the environment.
Prove to the competent authority that all necessary measures, as stated in the directive, have been taken in particular for the purposes of inspections.
Ensuring compliance with BEKRA is complex and demanding. It requires you produce a Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP), undertake major accident risk assessments and evaluate your emergency plans. The Seveso Directive deals with occurrence such as any of the following resulting from uncontrolled developments in the course of the operation of any establishment, and leading to a serious danger to human health or the environment, immediate or delayed, inside or outside the establishment, and involving one or more dangerous substances:
Under the ongoing European harmonization process Turkey has implemented the EU Directive on the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) involving dangerous substances. The relevant Turkish legalisation to implement COMAH, known as BEKRA, was established to help companies comply with the SEVESO II Directives. Their main aim is to prevent and mitigate the effects of major accidents involving dangerous substances, such as chlorine, liquefied petroleum gas, explosives and arsenic pentoxide which can cause serious damage/harm to people and/or the environment.
Between 2012- 2014 the Turkish Ministry for Environment and Urbanization with the support of the EU IPA program implemented a pre assessment technical assistance project to strengthen the capacity of all the major stakeholders on the scope, method and practices of BEKRA and also make stakeholders aware of their liabilities.
CMSE Consultancy can ensure that your business complies with BEKRA regulations by auditing and analyzing the following areas and capacities for both upper and lower tier sites:
Our Process Safety Engineers at CMSE Consultancy will gather all the relevant information for the preparation of the MAPP document, as training records, your own internal site inspection records, audit reports, operating procedures, risk assessments and they will develop the Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP) document highlighting the following aspects:
Dealing with the Competent Authorities (CAs) responsible for implementation of BEKRA legislation, including Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU), Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), Presidency of Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) and the local Directorates Governorates and Municipalities could be very complex. CMSE Consultancy can help you manage efficiently these requirements including: