Safety & Security New Seminar on Safety and Security in Chemical Industry

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Safety first: Chemical engineers working in safety can benefit from a new seminar by IChemE on the implementation of the Seveso lll European directive that comes into force in 2015.

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Safety first when handling hazardous goods: IChemE presents a new seminar on the Seveso III directive
Safety first when handling hazardous goods: IChemE presents a new seminar on the Seveso III directive
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The Seveso directive affects the Control of Major Accidents and Hazards (COMAH), to ensure that businesses take the necessary measures to prevent accidents involving dangerous substances. It mainly impacts upon the chemical industries, but also some storage activities, explosives, nuclear sites and other sectors.

A major change will be the use of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for chemical classification to determine whether they are within the scope of the Directive, IChemE speakers explain. Some sites may see a change in their COMAH status (top tier, lower tier or non-COMAH) when the new Directive is implemented, depending upon the substances and quantities held.

European Directive Drives new Regulations for Chemical Engineers

As well as introducing a new alignment method, the European Commission is taking the opportunity to modernise the directive by making it consistent with other related environment legislations. Key areas of change include: strengthening the provision of information to, and consultation with, the public and tighter standards for inspections.

To support those chemical engineers impacted by the upcoming changes, IChemE stages the seminar Towards Implementation of Seveso III as revised COMAH Regulations on 19 March in London, UK. (An early bird registration rate is available until the end of the month – visit the Seveso III seminar webpage for more information or to register.

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