The obligation for classification and labelling of substances and mixtures according to CLP regulation has far-reaching ramifications on several other national regulations including the control of major accident hazards. Because of our many years of expertise in risk assessment of industrial chemicals knoell provides competent consulting and broad support in handling of all required tasks.
Effective from 1 June 2015 the Seveso-II Directive will be repealed and replaced by Directive 2012/18/EU, also known as Seveso-III Directive. This will lead to essential changes in the national laws on the control of major accident hazards. Primarily, these changes will involve the adaptation of criteria for classification and labelling of hazardous substances according to CLP regulation. In addition, the list of named hazardous substances in Part 2 of Annex I of Seveso-III Directive was expanded considerably.
Operators will be required to establish a safety management system which includes drawing up a written document setting out the major-accident prevention policy (MAPP). If not available yet, this document needs to be sent to the competent authority within set time-limits. E.g. for existing upper-tier establishments, safety reports and emergency plans shall be sent to the competent authorities until 1 June 2016.
In order to comply with these requirements, operators of upper-tier and lower-tier establishments need to perform a complete review of their hazardous substances inventory including raw materials, by-products, residues and intermediates. Quantification of all hazardous substances likely to be present at any time point and their classification according to CLP criteria is a precondition for the risk analysis of major accident scenarios as needs to be compiled in the safety report and emergency plans.
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