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Small Or Big Changes, Not Managing Them Can Be Risky!

Small or big changes, not managing them can be risky!

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All industrial activity can be expected to undergo changes, to varying degrees, throughout its life cycle, especially to maintain its efficiency. These changes often come with the development of new processes, an increase in the level of safety, regulatory modifications, etc., and although these factors may contribute to progress, they also represent a risk for the organisations involved. The ARIA database contains many examples resulting from such situations. This article has been published in Loss Prevention Bulletin (issue Nr. 267, June 201 [...]
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Rupture Of A Gaseous Oxygen Line

Rupture of a gaseous oxygen line

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A gaseous oxygen (O2) pipe failed at around 4 am in a liquid oxygen production unit located in a port area. This pipe, most of which was buried underground, crossed the River Rhine to supply a German steelworks. The pressure of 30 bar in the neighbouring pipe was within the operating pressure range at the time of the incident. The establishment's internal emergency plan was activated. Relatively significant damage was subsequently observed: 4.6 t of O2 (as the pipe emptied) were discharged in 13 minutes, stones and gravel were blasted throughout [...]

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Feedback On The Flooding Of Industrial Sites In January 2018 In The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region (France)

Feedback on the flooding of industrial sites in January 2018 in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (France)

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At the end of January 2018, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (BFC) suffered numerous episodes of intense rainfall and floods. The storm Eleanor was indeed, according to Meteo-France, accompanied the 4 and 5 of January of rainy precipitations and important snow on the east of France. These weather events have not been without impact on industrial facilities. Summarizing the results of the questionnaires received by the DREAL Bourgogne-Franche-Comté from the operators concerned, this document summarizes some elements of feedback.
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Proceedings Of The 13th IMPEL Seminar “Lessons Learnt From Industrial Accidents” (2019)

Proceedings of the 13th IMPEL seminar “Lessons Learnt from Industrial Accidents” (2019)

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Since its creation in 1999, the seminar on “Lessons Learnt from Industrial Accidents” is organized every two years by the BARPI. This event is devoted to inspectors of the environment. It is organized with the support of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL). Find here the proceedings of the latest edition, which took place in Rennes on 22th and 23rd May 2017.
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Explosion Under A Bridge Deck Following A Fire Which Caused A Gas Leak

Explosion under a bridge deck following a fire which caused a gas leak

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At around 8:55 p.m., a natural gas explosion (vapour cloud explosion - VCE) occurred on a bridge pier containing a polyethylene natural gas pipeline (DN125) passing through a stainless steel sheath, and a steel pipeline (DN 114). A fire had initially broken out at around 8 p.m. in a squat on another pier. The heat fluxes released caused the steel pipe to bend and the polyethylene pipe to melt. Natural gas was thus able to migrate through the sleeve via its couplings and form explosive pockets.

Four firefighters injured during the interventio [...]

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Conveyor Belt Fires: Are The Standards Being Met?

Conveyor belt fires: Are the standards being met?

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Conveyor belts used to handle organic materials must meet standards defined by various French ministerial orders .These texts indicate that conveyor belts must comply with standard NF EN ISO 340 or standards NF EN 12881-1 and NF EN 12881-2 (self-extinguishing or flame-retardant conveyor belts). While these types of accident had seemed to have disappeared, in recent years there have been several occurrences. Are the standards always being met?
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Used Lithium Batteries Are Not Ordinary Waste!

Used lithium batteries are not ordinary waste!

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The performance of lithium batteries and storage cells has expanded their areas of technical application (telephony, computers, electric vehicles, rechargeable hybrids and electric bicycles). This development is now resulting in an increase in the number of batteries and storage cells at the end of their service life that must be processed or recycled. But lithium batteries and cells are not harmless objects: the high reactivity of the metal means that their use and processing/recycling, present risks. This is illustrated by the following flash, [...]
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Meteorological Events Of Early 2018 In France

Meteorological events of early 2018 in France

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Without trying to predict the weather for late 2018 and the seasonal storms in the Cévennes of south-central France, we note that the first half of the year was marked by a number of floods impacting factories in France. In addition to the economic consequences (water damage, production stoppage, a period of technical unemployment for the employees, etc.) often observed in such circumstances, environmental damage was also reported.
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Methanization: How Can The Sector Be Developed Without Increasing The Risks?

Methanization: how can the sector be developed without increasing the risks?

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Methanization is one of the key technologies of the circular economy and green growth. Within the framework of the Energy Transition Act, France has set itself the target of ensuring that 10% of the gas it consumes will originate from renewable sources by 2030. The development of methanization is one of the main levers to achieve this objective. The sector is expanding rapidly with 80 additional installations and the doubling of the production of biomethane injected into the natural gas networks in 2017. To achieve the objective by 2030, the Re [...]
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Accidents Related To Incorrect Circuit Positioning

Accidents related to incorrect circuit positioning

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Fluid transfer is a common industrial operation. However, the incorrect positioning of transfer circuit during such operations, also referred to as poor alignment, is the cause of many accidents. This study, based on 372 events in the ARIA database, presents their characteristics and lessons learnt.
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