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Last June 27th in Córdoba took place the “I Seminar on Safety in Industrial Facilities Subjected to the Serious Accidents Regulation” organized by SGS Córdoba and Development Division.

SGS organized this seminar to gather industrial sector organizations’ technicians and managers in order to help promoting a health and safety culture. The seminar was attended by Córdoba’s Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment Council and the city’s Occupational Health and Safety Center, as well as more than 75 visitors and 25 organizations in the region participated.

The regulation for safety in industrial facilities storing dangerous materials is commonly known as “SEVESO”, recalling a very serious accident that took place in the city with such name in the north of Italy in 1976. This regulation starts from a European directive that updated R. D. 1254/1999, July 16th, in Spain, and approves control measures implementation to avoid risks inherent to serious accidents where dangerous substances are involved.

The seminar focused in how the National Regulation (el RD 1254/99) is implemented in Andalucía’s Region and the administrative tasks derived from it. SGS in Córdoba Manager, Rafael Ollero, explained to those attending the Regulation’s particularities and the obligations that an industrial organization that stores dangerous substances is subjected to. Rafael Ollero showed how these obligations are managed depending on the quantity of the stored substances via the issuance of a “safety report”, and to plan how to act in case of emergency thanks to the implementation of an “in-house emergency plan”. The document shall be revised at least once every five years or at any time on request of the owner as well as on request of the public authorities when new data are presented and in case of change of location of the facilities.

The seminar’s second part focused in the implementation of these actions in case of emergency where any incident must be taken in account, since consequences may be very serious.

Simulation and implementation in case of emergency training exercises were performed. Those attending were presented how a fire-saving team works with real fire simulations, and evacuation in heights for people who has suffered accidents was shown, too, as well as stabilization and advanced life support techniques performed by two SGS Emergency Services’ Industrial Rescue Teams®.

The proper management of emergencies and coordination with external teams such as Civil Protection was shown in the seminar, too.

To perform all these exercises, SGS moved to Córdoba’s airport part of their Industrial Rescue Teams® equipment: rescue vehicles, first-aid and stabilization material, chemical decontamination material and rescuing in heights material, amongst others, as well as a fire simulation unit and a gas leakage simulator device.

One of the most valued aspects by the safety technicians and managers from these organizations is to get to know in detail all new equipment used for training purposes and implementation in case of emergency and rescue. SGS Emergency Services specialists explained, for example, which first-aid equipment is used in case of chemical burns, stabilization or immobilization, the communication equipment used via throat microphones or the simulators used in fire-saving exercises, including a liquid phase to simulate a gas leakage, as well as the specialized vehicles.

For more information, please contact:

SGS Emergency Services
Polígono industrial Cabezo Beaza C/ Bucarest, parcela 115
Cartagena (Murcia) 30353
t: +34 968 32 42 00
f: +34 968 52 29 46


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