At the crossroads of waste treatment and energy production, methanisation is a process that can be found in agricultural installations as well as in wastewater treatment plants, in agri-food industries or in units treating bio-waste. Accidents and incidents in this activity have increased in recent years. This document presents a synthesis. Disturbances, causes and consequences have been examined and the main lessons for preventing accidents and incidents in this sector have been identified.
Accidents involving oils, whether of animal, plant or mineral origin, are not limited to places where they are produced or processed. Oils are to be found everywhere in industrial facilities, and also in our daily lives. They have many and varied uses, and are so widespread that it is easy to forget about the associated risks and the monitoring measures to be followed.
The coming winter will be a time when the French electricity system is in transition and energy supply under pressure. Power outages are inevitable on very cold days if power consumption is not reduced. Power outages must be anticipated by…
When the ageing of facilities is discussed, we often think of the PMII (i.e., French facility modernisation plan for classified facilities for environmental protection). The purpose of implementing this plan is to manage the integrity of production facilities in order to protect against technological and environmental risks associated with certain equipment and systems. This flash takes a look at how ageing is taken into account, particularly based on three examples from the ARIA database: one affecting PMII equipment and two equipment not required to comply with this regulation. In addition to the regulatory scope set by the PMII regulation, analysis[...]
Given they are omnipresent in our connected societies and boosted by the boom in new mobilities and power storage, demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells and batteries is constantly increasing. In this study, BARPI has analysed all events involving Li-ion batteries since the 2000s in non-waste business sectors and excluding use by non-business customers (telephones and laptops, electromobility, etc.). The study thus provides details of accidents occurring during the life cycle of these batteries: research, design, use and storage on site before sending to waste facilities. In 2018, a specific focus on the risks associated with the treatment or recycling of[...]
Extreme cold: Anticipate possible load-shedding events and the loss of electrical utility
Periods of cold weather are often synonymous with high electricity consumption and technical incidents. They can also cause power supply[...]
IBC: I’d Be Careful!
Intermediate bulk containers are considered quite practical owing to their volume, compact design and easy transportability with just a forklift.[...]
What are the effects of heavy rains and flooding on industrial facilities?
Spells of scorching heat always give way to episodes of intense rainfall and what are known as Cévennes rain events.[...]
Hydrogen and transport: the risks should not be underestimated!
As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, France intends to develop low-carbon, renewable hydrogen (H2) in[...]
Fire at a cement plant
At around 7.40 a.m., at a cement plant, a fire broke out in a concrete-structured building housing several units including[...]
Exceptionally high temperatures are an increasingly prevalent natural hazard and can lead to numerous events in industrial facilities. For this[...]
Discharge of smoke from the nacelle of a wind turbine
At 3 p.m., technicians working on a wind farm observed smoke rising from a wind turbine nacelle. They alerted the[...]
So what feedback is available on conveyor accidents?
Conveyors or elevators are used in many agricultural and industrial activities. An analysis of the accidents recorded in the ARIA[...]
Dossier on subcontracting and risk management
Subcontracting is a widespread feature of the industrial landscape: 74% of operators make use of such services. Since less than[...]
The ARIA database contains more than 300 high temperature-related events that have occurred in France. Such events affect all types[...]