IChemE Seminar Addresses Seveso III Directive

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE ) will offer a seminar March 19 in London, England, to support chemical engineers impacted by  the Seveso lll European directive that goes into effect in 2015.

Seveso affects the Control of Major Accidents and Hazards (COMAH), which ensures that businesses take the necessary measures to prevent accidents involving dangerous substances. It mainly impacts chemical manufacturers but also some storage activities, explosives, nuclear sites and other sectors.

A major change will be the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical classification to determine whether they are within the scope of the directive. Some sites may see a change in their COMAH status (top tier, lower tier or non-COMAH) when the new directive is implemented, depending upon the substances and quantities held.

The European Commission also plans to modernize the directive by making it consistent with other related environment legislation.

The seminar includes information on whether Seveso III will affect manufacturers’ COMAH status, an update on heavy fuel oil, land-use planning and hazardous substance consents and major hazard regulation from an SME viewpoint.

The course is aimed at safety managers and those responsible for compliance with the COMAH regulations. This would include existing COMAH top-tier and lower-tier sites, and also sites that are currently outside of COMAH but may have potential to come into scope.

An early-bird registration rate is available until the end of the month. For more information, visit www.icheme.org/sevesoiii.

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