Major Accidents to the Environment

1st Edition

A Practical Guide to the Seveso II-Directive and COMAH Regulations

Authors: Ivan Vince
Print ISBN: 9780750683890
eBook ISBN: 9780080556369
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th December 2007
Page Count: 320
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  • If our plant catches fire, when should it be allowed to burn down to prevent pollution?
  • When does enforcement turn into prosecution, following an environmental accident?
  • Will our environmental insurance cover the costs of remediation?

This book provides a thorough and practical guide to the environmental aspects of compliance with the Seveso II Directive and COMAH regulations and surrounding issues.

It guides readers through the technical, legal and insurance related complexities unique to the environmental aspects of Seveso II/COMAH. Individual chapters and sections written by relevant experts explain the implications of the Directive/Regulations and other laws that relate to major accident hazards. Valuable case studies underpin and illuminate the arguments presented.

The comprehensive appendices contain a wealth of further case studies as well as focused supporting information on environmental design, assessment and management of major hazard installations, for safety, prevention and environmental professionals, risk assessors, insurers, managers and their legal advisors.

Dr Ivan Vince is Director of ASK Consultants and co-founder of one of the first industrial risk consultancies in Eastern Europe. He has investigated several environmental accidents.

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Key Features

  • This is the only guide to working with and implementing the Seveso II-Directive and COMAH regulations
  • Written by leading risk management, scientific, legal, and engineering experts, this book provides all of the key elements an organization must manage in order to comply
  • Accompanied by a comprehensive data handbook that enables managers and health & safety professionals to assess and apply the approaches required in the Directives


Professional health & safety practitioners, plant engineers, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, fire protection, ecologists, environmental and industrial lawyers. Graduate students of risk, H&S, and environmental management and engineering.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface

Part I – Major Accidents and the Environment

  1. Practical Aspects (Ivan Vince, Bob Sargent, Niall Ramdsen and Tony Moore) Introduction Risk assessment under the COMAH regulations Prevention and mitigation Fire or water? Emergency planning

  2. Legal Aspects of Major Accidents to the Environment (Daniel Lawrence and Caryl Walter) Introduction Key duties and obligations under the COMAH regime Overview of the types of liabilities that may arise Information disclosure obligations Criminal liability Civil liability – third party claims Some further practical considerations relating to third party claims and enforcement action Transboundary pollution arising from major accidents Conclusion

  3. Insurance for Major Accidents to the Environment (Valerie Fogleman) Introduction Types of insurance policies Construction of insurance policies Employers’ liability policies Further liability policies Property policies Directors’ and officers’ policies Professional indemnity policies Environment insurance policies Financial security for damage caused by major accidents to the environment Case studies

    Sandoz, Schweizerhalle, Switzerland Doñana National Park, Spain Bartoline, Beverley, East Yorkshire

Part II – Appendices

  1. The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999. Principles to be taken into account when preparing major accident prevention policy document
  2. Substances dangerous


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About the Author

Ivan Vince

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of ASK Consultants and co-founder of one of the first industrial risk consultancies in Eastern Europe. He has investigated several environmental accidents.


"The information and lessons in this book are a valuable resource for operators of major hazard establishments and their environmental and safety advisors when assessing the potential impact of their operations.... This book gives an insight into the diverse aspects of MATTEs. Operators of COMAH /Seveso II establishments and safety and environmental professionals should take account of the information and lessons presented in this publication."--The Chemical Engineer magazine