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Proceedings Of The 12th Seminar “Lessons Learnt From Industrial Accidents”

Proceedings of the 12th seminar “Lessons Learnt from Industrial Accidents”

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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). Below are the proceedings of the latest edition, which took place in Lyon on 31 May and 1 June 2017.
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Accidentology Associated With The Ageing Of Industrial Installations

Accidentology associated with the ageing of industrial installations

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Ageing of industrial installations is a normal and well-known phenomenon. However, it deserves to be properly managed! Conception or construction defaults, insufficient maintenance are some of the several factors that can contribute to an uncontrolled acceleration of ageing… and that continue to lead to accidents with sometimes heavy consequences. As far as ageing is concerned, anticipation remains the key word! This flash offers an overview of the main degradation mechanisms and some lessons learnt from accidents.
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Ageing And Management Of Spare Parts: A Major Challenge

Ageing and management of spare parts: a major challenge

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The accident can quickly occur when the repair of an ageing equipment is not conducted in a timely manner! Often involved: an improper management of replacement parts, which are not available in due course. Patch-up jobs, consisting in reallocating pieces coming from other units without taking sufficient precautions, can also be particularly dangerous. Based on illustrative events, this flash draws a panorama of risky configurations and provides some good practices.
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Overview Of Accident Statistics On Waste Management Facilities

Overview of accident statistics on waste management facilities

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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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Lessons Learned From Major Events Towards Improving Hydraulic Safety

Lessons learned from major events towards improving hydraulic safety

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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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Temporality Of Accidents : When Do They Occur?

Temporality of accidents : When do they occur?

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Based on the analysis of 25 000 French industrial events that occurred between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 2015, this document identifies trends over months, weeks, days and hours of accidents
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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. If energy demand is higher than production, load sharing can be implemented. But what are the risks?
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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 anticipated.
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ELV And WEEE : Combating Illegal Treatment Facilities, A Challenge Aimed At Reducing Accidental Risks!

ELV and WEEE : Combating illegal treatment facilities, a challenge aimed at reducing accidental risks!

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While the fight against illegal sites in the waste sector constitutes both an environmental challenge (non-compliance with discharge standards and…

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Anticipating Fire And Explosion Risks In Wood Silos

Anticipating fire and explosion risks in wood silos

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Over the past 3 years, more than 40 fires involving silos containing wood chips or sawdust have been recorded in the ARIA database. In such instances, operational difficulties are commonly encountered by emergency services (lengthy interventions, vulnerability of storage structures, etc.). Each response is therefore unique and requires comprehensive knowledge of all potential risks.
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