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[...]
Derailment of dangerous goods railcars: vigilance needed for couplings!
Promoting a modal shift towards rail transport features among the priorities of the French government’s multiannual energy programme. Recent derailments[...]
Startup/restart or shutdown operations: heightened vigilance
As industrial operations resume in the wake of a health crisis, this Flash bulletin emphasises the recommendations derived from analyses[...]
Damage to a CDG barge during locking
At around 00.20, a 120m-long barge carrying 2,200t of vinyl chloride (extremely flammable and carcinogenic gas) was damaged during locking.[...]
Fire at a chemicals plant
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :[...]
Small or big changes, not managing them can be risky!
All industrial activity can be expected to undergo changes, to varying degrees, throughout its life cycle, especially to maintain its[...]
Are visual diagnostics enough to anticipate concrete cell ruptures?
This ARIA newsflash lists the causes of the various cases of collapse and rupture of silos compiled in the ARIA[...]
Proceedings of the 13th IMPEL seminar “Lessons Learnt from Industrial Accidents” (2019)
Since its creation in 1999, the seminar on “Lessons Learnt from Industrial Accidents” is organized every two years by the[...]
Feedback on the flooding of industrial sites in January 2018 in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (France)
At the end of January 2018, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (BFC) suffered numerous episodes of intense rainfall and floods. The storm[...]
Conveyor belt fires: Are the standards being met?
Conveyor belts used to handle organic materials must meet standards defined by various French ministerial orders .These texts indicate that[...]
Used lithium batteries are not ordinary waste!
The performance of lithium batteries and storage cells has expanded their areas of technical application (telephony, computers, electric vehicles, rechargeable[...]