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Seveso II Review

Stakeholder Consultation Meeting

EPSC Position

Richard Gowland Technical Director

Manchester March 10 2010

european process safety centre epsc
European Process Safety Centre (EPSC)

Network funded by about 40 mainly European based (petro)chemical multinationals to develop best practice in major accident prevention/process safety

Objectives:

Information/know how exchange

Legislation (esp. Seveso II & ATEX)

participation & co-ordination of EU funded projects

Outputs:

Internal reports & books

User groups & public conferences

EU projects & working groups

Major topics 2009:

Process Safety Indicators

Post Buncefield Activities

Process Safety Competence

Fostering Senior Management Involvement in Process Safety (with European Federation of Chemical Engineers)

LOPA Experience & Development

www.epsc.org

background
Background
  • EPSC has captured the experience of its members with requirements of Seveso II at a workshop on April 27, 2009
  • At that time from the studies commissioned by the EC for Seveso II revision only F-Seveso was available
  • The results of this workshop have been documented in a EPSC Position Paper for the Revision of Seveso II which was published on www.epsc.org in July 2009 and shared with the Commission
  • This presentation highlights the main results
scope of the directive art 2
Scope of the Directive (Art. 2)
  • EPSC strongly suggests not to dilute the focus of Seveso II
    • obligation for lower tier establishments to prepare a Safety Report and the provision of a Safety Management System
      • Is not in line with risk-based approach
      • Is not justified by the frequency of major accidents
      • Will consume valuable resources and add additional paperwork both for SMEs and authorities
      • The MAPP is a suitable instrument for major accident scenarios, LUP and an outline of the SMS
    • Pipelines, railway stations, harbours and security issues
      • Are covered by other existing regulations which could be amended if necessary
  • Clarifying the links to other regulations is supported by EPSC
  • EPSC input to revision of Annex 1 has been given in TWG on GHS
domino effect safety report
Domino Effect; Safety Report
  • Domino effect (art. 8)
    • Cooperation between neighbouring sites generally works well regardless of Art. 8
    • This may be due to existing personal relations, Art. 8 should be retained
    • For industrial parks cooperation could be further strengthened by an option to have a single aggregated Safety Report for the park
safety report
Safety Report

Safety Report (art. 9)

Very significant differences in type, quality and requirements (costs for preparing SRs differ up to 1 magnitude across EU)

Excessive paperwork distracts resources of operators and authorities

Use of 3rd parties leads to ‘mind set’ that the Report is not really representative of daily life

EPSC suggests an improved guidance for consistent implementation

No “one size fits all” uniform format, but e.g.

“toolbox” with approved methods for risk analysis

Environmental aspects may be included

Security issues should be covered elsewhere

emergency plans lup
Emergency Plans, LUP
  • Internal/external emergency plans (art. 11)
    • No need to change the requirements for internal emergency plans
    • Should remain restricted to upper tier as even non-Seveso sites have emergency plans due to other regulations
    • Implementation of external emergency plans by competent authorities need more attention
  • Land Use Planning (art. 12)
    • EPSC position has been comprehensively presented in TWG 5
    • Any revision of art. 12 has to allow for different approaches (little chance of harmonisation)
communication to participation of public art 13
Communication to/participation of Public (art. 13)
  • No need to change art. 13(1) as participation of public is anyway covered by Responsible Care®
  • Availability of safety report to public (art. 13(4)) should be “on demand” only
      • Very limited interest from public
      • Major parts of safety reports have to be confidential for security reasons
      • Publication via internet should not be encouraged as users are not identifiable
accident info prohibition inspections confidentiality
Accident Info/Prohibition/Inspections/Confidentiality
  • Information following a major accident (art. 14, 15)
    • No need to change requirements
    • Delays in transfer of information generally not caused by industry
  • Prohibition of use (art. 17): no need to change
  • Quality and frequency of inspections (art. 18) should be better harmonised
    • Significant differences in time and effort for operator and authority
    • Definition of minimum frequency both for upper and lower tier
    • Justification of higher frequency by authority
    • Definition of a “lead authority” to avoid duplication
  • Confidentiality (art. 20): no need to change
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