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[...]
Hydrofluoric acid : the worst of all acids?
Despite being produced 200 times less than sulphuric acid (1 M vs. 200 M tonnes/year), the ARIA database has recorded[...]
Malicious acts: Raising awareness to improve prevention
Due to the goods and products they handle or the nuisances they create, industrial sites have long been the preferred[...]
Accident study findings on malicious acts perpetrated in industrial facilities
Beyond criminal acts targeting “Seveso” installations and having a strong media impact, the fight against "ordinary malicious acts" is a[...]
Seal boxes : not to be mistaken as a cure for ageing
Commonly used to plug leaks on pipelines, seal boxes serve stop discharge flows without entirely shutting down production. Despite this[...]
Bases for an accident study on the inerting process practiced in silos
The use of an inerting process is a means of intervention used in a fire in grain silos. However, it[...]
Anticipating fire and explosion risks in wood silos
Over the past 3 years, more than 40 fires involving silos containing wood chips or sawdust have been recorded in[...]
As the second chapter of an accident analysis devoted to industrial automation within the ARIA base, this study presentes the[...]
Lightning: industrial accidentology
Lightning, often associated with the powers of gods in mythology, can have serious impacts on industrial facilities and entail human,[...]
Leak on grey cast iron pipe
At around 5 p.m., a massive explosion destroyed a 4-storey building consisting of 10 flats, killing 17 people and injuring 15[...]
Rupture of a gaseous oxygen line
A gaseous oxygen (O2) pipe failed at around 4 am in a liquid oxygen production unit located in a port[...]