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Runaway Reactions, Case Studies, Lessons Learned

Runaway reactions, case studies, lessons learned

  • Press article
Runaway reactions are a major source of industrial accidents. They can occur in a wide array of sectors, including chemicals, petrochemicals, food processing, plastics and rubber manufacturing, and metalworking and are primarily caused by a loss of process control. The processes involved are quite diverse, encompassing chemical reaction, polymerisation and distillation, among others. The loss of process control is related with various factors that are examined in this article. Several accidents that occurred in France and recorded in the ARIA1 [...]
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Ensuring Safety When Transporting Dangerous Goods Within Classified Facilities

Ensuring safety when transporting dangerous goods within classified facilities

  • Fact sheet
Since 1990, a total of 784 accidents involving transportation of dangerous goods within Classified Facilities have been recorded in the ARIA base. The percentage of this type of accident has nearly doubled over the past 10 years. The transport of dangerous goods is not a “productive” activity, but it remains vital to industrial operations. This fact sheet describes the risks associated to these activities and the meaures to be taken.
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Anticipating Emergency Response Difficulties

Anticipating emergency response difficulties

  • Fact sheet
The handling of an industrial accident is often rife with obstacles, e.g. water supply constraints, inappropriate response protocol in light of product properties, inefficient information provided by bystanders... 6.5% of all accidents recorded at France's classified sites have experienced major difficulties during emergency responses. This fact sheet offers a sampling of the errors to avoid and serves to better anticipate response difficulties, by drawing from an analysis of 395 events post-2010.
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Lessons Learned From Major Events Towards Improving Hydraulic Safety

Lessons learned from major events towards improving hydraulic safety

  • Study
Since 2010, information collected on dam-related events has been recorded in the ARIA base. By the end of 2015, a total of 228 events had been entered into the database. This summary, written jointly by the BARPI and BETCGB bureau, presents the primary lessons resulting from their analysis. The study method has focused in particular on experience feedback regarding hydro-mechanical devices and command-control systems
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Overview Of Accident Statistics On Waste Management Facilities

Overview of accident statistics on waste management facilities

  • Study
Waste management activities are not only a potential source of chronic risks (atmospheric pollution, olfactory or noise nuisances, etc.), they may also be responsible for the risk of accidents! This study, based on the analysis of 1100 accidents that occured over a 10-years period (2005-2014), draws an overview of accidental situations occuring in waste management activities.
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Cooling Towers: Legionnaire’s Disease Still Running Rampant!

Cooling towers: Legionnaire’s Disease still running rampant!

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The group outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in the Lisbon suburbs in 2014 has provided a sad reminder: the propagation of legionellae within the water circuits of cooling towers is a likely scenario and one capable of causing major health impacts whenever water droplets are dispersed from these towers. The regulatory regime for preventing the risk of legionellae stemming from cooling towers has been substantially modified. The regulations currently in effect in France are considered by experts to be among the most elaborate. Nonetheless, new cas [...]
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Fireworks Shows: Vigilance Required Before, During And After!

Fireworks shows: Vigilance required before, during and after!

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Every year, accidents occur during the July 14 and August 15 French holiday festivities. In 2015 unfortunately, reports came in of 11 injured in Monteux, 15 injured in Canet and 5 more in Castelsarrasin during fireworks shows that went awry. Yet these risks are not confined to the actual launch itself! Incidents also arise during the storage period preceding the show, often owing to the fact that regulatory requirements and safety rules have not been respected. To guarantee the public's safety, rules of caution must be applied by all parties in [...]
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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Vers 6h30, un dimanche, un incendie est détecté dans une entreprise de transport de matières dangereuses classée SEVESO seuil bas. Le départ de feu se situe au niveau d'un camion-citerne en stationnement. D'une capacité de 19 t, il contient 1,5 t de gaz de pétrole liquéfié (GPL). L'incendie se propage à plusieurs autres camions-citernes. Les pompiers, prévenus par des tiers, arrivent sur place à 7 h. L'exploitant déclenche so [...]

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Accident Study Findings On Household Uses  Of Gas

Accident study findings on household uses of gas

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Every year in France, many deaths and injuries result from accidents involving household uses of gas. These events, which occur in individual dwellings off the natural gas distribution networks, are caused by a wide variety of devices so common in our day-to-day lives, e.g.: gas cookers, boilers, 13-kg bottles of butane and propane. This document presents, in the form of graphic indicators, the main characteristics, typologies, circumstances, causes and consequences of the set of accidents analysed relative to household uses of gas.
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