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Checking the applicability of the Major Accidents Ordinance

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Checking the applicability of the Major Accidents Ordinance


In January 2017, the Major Accidents Ordinance (StörfallV) was amended to implement the SEVESO III Directive. The catalogue of substances to which the Regulation applies has also been adapted to the nomenclature of the CLP Regulation and extended to include several named substances.

As a result, installations in which hazardous substances are handled may fall within the scope of the Major Accidents Ordinance for the first time, or even fall outside it. Similarly, an operating area to which the StörfallV also previously applied can switch between the status of what is now known as lower and upper class.

As a result, many establishments handling substances regulated by the Major Accidents Ordinance will have to check whether the above-mentioned changes will apply to them, particularly as they will have to notify the competent authority within certain deadlines.

Services of the contractor

On the basis of the StörfallV (Twelfth Ordinance for the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act 12th BImSchV – Major Accidents Ordinance of 8 June 2005, Federal Law Gazette I No. 33 of 16 June 2005 p. 1598) and on the basis of Annex 1 of Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament) Based on Annex 1 of Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 (SEVESO III Directive), which came into force in January 2017, a check is carried out using the classifications made and the current register of hazardous substances to determine the extent to which operating areas of your plant fall within the scope of the Major Accidents Ordinance. In particular, the quantity thresholds for substances in Annex I, as amended in the SEVESO III Directive, and the amended criteria for assessment are taken into account.

The operating resources stored at the respective sites are included in the consideration, provided that the hazard characteristics (including H-phrases) can be presented in the form of current safety data sheets.

Required documents

The documents required for processing are listed in detail in the offer. If you have any questions in advance, please contact us by telephone.

Additional services

On-site appointments are difficult to implement in the current situation. Despite the possibility of video inspections, a plant inspection without an on-site appointment is always difficult and certainly only useful in individual cases. We will continue – under certain conditions – to visit your facility even in the current situation. Please refer to our internal guidelines as to which requirements must be met for such an inspection. Here you will find the corresponding concept.


Processing time: 4 weeks
(from receipt of all necessary documents and depending on the quantity of classifiable equipment)

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