SEVESO classification for a paint and varnish manufacturer


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The issues of failure prevention which may be results of specific industrial activities and the restriction of their effects to human health and the environment are regulated by the Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso III).

The content of the study prepared by our experts was the classification of a paint and varnish production plant, deciding on the classification of the plant as lower-tier or upper-tier in relation to a major industrial accident.

‘Major accident’ means an occurrence such as an emission, fire, or explosion resulting from an industrial process, storage or transport, involving one or more hazardous substances, leading to serious danger to human health or the environment, immediate or delayed (Art. 3(23) of the Environment Protection Act of 27 April 2001 – Dz. U. of 2008 No. 25, item 150, as amended). A major industrial accident, under Art. 3(24) of the Act is a major accident in the plant.

The Plant in question uses hazardous substances and mixtures in production processes. Under the Regulation of the Minister of Development of 29 January 2016 (Dz.U. 2016 item 138), the Customer was required to carry out an analysis regarding the types and threshold values of hazardous substances in the plant.

The analysis showed that, in relation to the amount of hazardous substances found within the premises of the paint and varnish production plant which does not exceed threshold values, the plant is not under high or increased hazard of a major industrial accident (lower or upper tier).


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