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Hazardous Waste: Beware Of Incompatibilities!

Hazardous waste: beware of incompatibilities!

  • Flash
Accidents caused by incompatible mixtures are not limited to newly-produced chemicals! The end of their life cycle can also be a source of risk. Several recent events in France and abroad confirm this, sometimes with dramatic consequences. This flash focusses on this issue, underlying the failures at the origin of the accidents and making a few recommendations to avoid their occurrence.Read more

53027

  • Accident
  • ARIA 53027
  • BRESIL
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

En début d'après-midi, un barrage retenant des déchets liquides issus de l'exploitation d'une mine de fer se rompt. Une brèche dans l'ouvrage en remblai de 86 m de haut provoque sa ruine et le déversement de 11,7 millions de m³ d'effluents toxiques. Une vague de boue destructrice ensevelit des bâtiments administratifs du site et une partie du village à l'aval.

Une catastrophe humaine et écologique

Les conséquences de l'accident so [...]

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Forklifts : Be Careful, Hazardous Operations !

Forklifts : be careful, hazardous operations !

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Forklifts are often used for handling operations. They allow to carry toxic, flammable, explosive and other dangerous products on pallets. Manoeuvres can lead to hazardous situation with serious consequences : pollution or contamination following a split of products, fire ignited on hot spot created by the friction of the forklift forks, explosion of a fuel storage or electric batteries, intoxication due to CO/gas emission from the forklift… This newsflash presents 4 latest and significant technological accidents, caused by a handling with a f [...]Read more

52842

  • Accident
  • ARIA 52842
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Vers 12h20, au sein d'un centre de traitement de déchets dangereux classé Seveso seuil haut, une réaction exothermique est détectée dans le local de transvasement : le détecteur multi-gaz de la zone se déclenche. Un chimiste ainsi que le responsable du site se rendent sur place et constatent un important dégagement de fumées à partir d'une cuve servant au regroupement de déchets liquides. Ils refroidissent la cuve à l'aide d [...]

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Newsletter Nr 10 – Second Semester 2018

Newsletter Nr 10 – Second semester 2018

  • Lettre d´information
Content of newsletter Nr 10 (Second semester 2018) : Flash ARIA - Mobile acetylene cylinders Flash ARIA - Fires on conveyor belts Synthesis - Waste composting fires Accident Report - Serious damages to a bridge following a gas leak Accident Report - Large-scale fire in a woodchip storage facility 13th IMPEL seminar “Lessons learnt from industrial accidents”Read more
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)

  • Study
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.Read more
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?Read more

52649

  • Accident
  • ARIA 52649
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Vers 15h30 à la jonction des D33 et D857, une explosion survient sur une des 3 cuves d'un poids lourd transportant des déchets dangereux. Une fuite se déclare. Les pompiers de la cellule mobile d'intervention chimique arrosent la citerne. Ils établissent un périmètre de sécurité de 300 m. 9 personnes sont légèrement blessées (incommodées par les vapeurs toxiques). Elles sont transportées en centre hospitalier. 1 000 person [...]

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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, [...]Read more

52597

  • Accident
  • ARIA 52597
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Dans une usine pétrochimique classée Seveso seuil haut, des fortes pluies sur une journée entrainent des opérations de vidange des bassins d'orage dans l'étang. La capacité maximale de stockage des eaux de pluies étant atteinte, l'exploitant déleste ces ouvrages par le fond, directement à l'étang tel que prévu par sa procédure interne. Cette opération évite un débordement des bacs qui pourrait entrainer les hydrocarbures su [...]

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