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Preventing And Minimising Acts Of Malicious Intent

Preventing and minimising acts of malicious intent

  • Fact sheet
Malicious acts may arise in number of ways within an industrial facility. Such acts may be perpetrated inside the company by a staff member or subcontractor. The notion of industrial facility itself perhaps needs to be broadened, especially in light[...]
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Early Analysis Of Technical Or Organisational Changes

Early analysis of technical or organisational changes

  • Fact sheet
An early analysis of technical or organisational changes often proves to be insufficient, or overlooked altogether, resulting in numerous accidents. In many cases, it is simpler and less costly to use existing installations in order to develop or advance a[...]
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Anticipating Emergency Response Difficulties

Anticipating emergency response difficulties

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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[...]
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Release of a chlorinated organic chemical

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At around 3:15 p.m., vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was released from a basic-plastics manufacturing plant. At around 2:50 p.m., the emergency diesel generators started up to power the safety and I&C systems after the plant's mains electricity supply shut off and the[...]
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Power Outages During Periods Of Cold Weather

Power outages during periods of cold weather

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Periods of cold weather are characterised by low temperatures, sometimes combined with snowfall and/or wind. Synonymous with high electricity consumption, they are often the cause of power failures and other critical systems, such as telecommunication networks, can also be affected.[...]
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The End Of The Switched Telephone Network

The end of the switched telephone network

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In an emergency situation and primarily in the event of a power outage, only switched telephone networks (PSTN) are operational. The traditional French operator’s plan to abandon these networks in 5 years time in favour of VoIP solutions should be[...]
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Explosion of a boiler in a steel plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A gas boiler exploded during a restart test phase in a steel plant at 11:13 p.m. The site's firefighters were able to secure the facility. Although the boiler was severely damaged, production operations were not affected. The boiler had just been[...]
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