Chemical, oil and gas companies operating in Europe need to account for the latest changes to the Seveso Directive. Introduced in 2012, Seveso-III requires the European community to update its local regulations by 1 June 2015.
Seveso-III modifies Annex 1 in line with the implementation of CLP on 15 May 2015. This means that all substances and their criteria covered by the Directive will change, which will cause the scope of Major Accidents to expand to cover many companies that were not previously covered. The Directive will put stronger control on land use planning around Seveso sites. Seveso-III also requires understanding of the operational units, equipment and emergency plans in area of the site. Finally, Seveso-III improves control of Management of Change procedures related to safety management systems.
Because of these critical changes, companies need to implement suitable risk analysis to ensure that they adapt to the implementation of Seveso-III in the most efficient way possible. The choice of risk analysis methodology will depend on the processes that need to be analysed. Some of the most well-known methodologies include HAZOP, FMEA and Zurich Hazard Analysis (ZHA). These methodologies can be applied in different project steps, from the design phase to production.
Companies face challenges in choosing the right methodology to match their complex global production systems and auxiliary systems. At the same time, it is very important to choose the correct methodology considering the global production system and the auxiliary systems. This is because even one wrong selection of methodology can result in the loss of valuable hours.
TÜV SÜD Process Safety offers unique benefits to chemical, oil and gas companies. TÜV SÜD has a clear understanding of the aim of the Directive, being one of the parties involved in its creation, and can guide a company to implement the correct strategy to handle the changes in the scope of the Directive. In the case when the Directive requires considerable changes in a Major Accident site, TÜV SÜD supports the company to prepare the plans and documents and make the necessary requests to the authorities, thus meeting all the Directive’s requirements and adding value. This reflects TÜV SÜD’s approach of not merely fulfilling basic requirements but also obtaining additional benefits for the client.