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The legislation is entitled the European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 476 of 2000), which give effect to European Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances. The legislation is more commonly known as the Seveso II Directive. The regulations apply to companies where dangerous substances are present in quantities equal to or above specified thresholds. There are two thresholds for LPG, a lower one of 50 tonnes (“Lower-tier sites”) and a higher one of 200 tonnes (“Top-tier sites”).

The assessment and management of risk to society from the operation of chemical process plants and other industrial activities in which dangerous substances are produced, used, handled or stored are part of Safecon’s key competence in environmental health and safety services

Safecon assess rhe “performance based” and “goal oriented” regulatory requirements of the European Council’s new “Seveso II Directive” for the identification of large scale industrial hazards, prevention of sudden and uncontrolled releases of dangerous substances from industrial plants and mitigation of serious consequences of industrial accidents to people and the environment are examined.

Safecon conduct modeling to ensure that all consequences are idenitified. We also engage with operators of Seveso II sites to ensure all risks and consequences are identified through HAZID and HAZOP studies.