International Symposium ”Hazardous Substances in Maintenance Work: Risks and Prevention“

11 – 12 June 2024

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

We welcome you to our symposium of the International Section of the ISSA for Prevention in the Chemical Industry, as part of ACHEMA…

On 11-12 June 2024, a symposium of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Chemical Industry takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on the topic “Hazardous Substances in Maintenance Works”. Participation is possible on-site during ACHEMA. All lectures and discussions will be simultaneously translated into English and German.

Maintenance work is very accident-prone. Triggers for incidents include inadequate safety planning and preparation, creative improvisations when unexpected problems occur, and conscious or unconscious changes to the plant. Therefore, it is important to repeatedly raise the hazard awareness of all those involved. This is especially true when hazardous substances may be present in the facility, used by maintenance personnel, or generated or released during activities.

Based on incidents during maintenance work, the conference will cover a wide range of topics including the interface between man and equipment with the aspects of work psychology and instruction, cooperation with external companies as well as the current state of standardization for pipe labelling. Other focal points include the exposure of maintenance personnel to welding fumes, the topics of hot work and explosion protection, the collection of hazardous waste, the transport of hazardous goods and maintenance as well as transport and waste disposal of damaged lithium batteries. The challenges for both large-scale industry and the skilled trades are highlighted.

Participants will expect a varied programme of lectures, a plenary discussion and interactive elements. Registration for free participation in the conference is required, please use the opportunity here https://www.bgrci.de/wir-ueber-uns/internationales/ivss/chemische-industrie