Law no. 132 of 1 December 2018 converting with amendments Decree Law no. 113 of 4 October 2018 (the so-called Security Decree), which entered into force on 4 December 2018, establishes
the obligation for waste management facilities to prepare the Internal Emergency Plan (IEP).
The novelty is introduced by the new article 26-bis “Internal emergency plan for waste storage and processing plants”. This article states among other things that
- The operators of existing or newly built waste storage and processing plants are obliged to draw up an internal emergency plan for the purpose of:
- controlling and limiting accidents so as to minimise their effects and limit damage to human health, the environment and property;
- implement the necessary measures to protect human health and the environment from the consequences of major accidents;
- adequately inform workers and emergency services and the competent local authorities;
- to restore and clean up the environment after a major accident.
- The internal emergency plan shall be reviewed, tested and, if necessary, updated by the operator, after consultation with the personnel working in the plant, including the personnel of long-term subcontractors, at appropriate intervals and, in any case, not exceeding three years. The review shall take into account changes in the plant and emergency services, technical progress and new knowledge about the measures to be taken in the event of a major accident.
- For existing plants, the internal emergency plan referred to in paragraph 1 shall be drawn up within ninety days of the date of entry into force of the law converting this decree.
TECSA S.r.l., active for years in consulting services on industrial risk analysis and health and safety analysis in the workplace, prepares Internal Emergency Plans (IEPs) also in relation to the scenarios identified (e.g. by applying HAZID and Bow-Tie techniques).