SEVESO Exchange of Experts in Brasov, Romania

The Exchange of Experts on control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso Directives) -Exchange of Experts, held in Brasov, Romania on 28th of April–1st of May 2014 was the fourth and final event in the framework of the Seveso Capacity building Programme within the EU Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disaster in the ENPI East Region. 


The workshop was opened by:

Mr. Romer Ambrus Sandor Mihaly - Prefect of Brasov County, Mr. lt.col. Benone  Duduc – Head of Prevention Direction within General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and Mr. col. Ioan-Stelian Rechițean - Chief Inspector of “Țara Bârsei” Brasov County Inspectorate of Emergency Situations.

The main objectives of the workshop were to

  • exchange experience between professionals in the Control of the Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) fields from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia  and Moldova and the host country, Romania, on the practical implementation of SEVESO Directives,  and to
  • describe and outline the teamwork and cooperation of Romanian competent authorities in implementing and enforcing the requirements of the Directives.


During the activities the trainers were assisted and supported by representatives of national and local competent authorities with the special contribution of Mr. Col. Lucian Bogdan, Deputy Chief Inspector and

Mrs. Lt.col. Dana Damian, Expert Officer from Brasov County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations.


The issues presented during the 4 days of training, covered the way in which the Seveso Directives requirements are implemented in Romania, focusing on practical examples which included 2 site visits in Brasov county:

  1. At Purolite Ltd. Victoria, an American chemicals manufacturer – ions exchange resins, situated in Victoria city,  the safety report was checked and the Internal Emergency Plan(IEP) tested;
  2. At Schaeffler Romania Ltd., part of the Schaeffler Group, a German company, manufacturer of parts and accessories for the automobile industry, situated in Cristian village, the External Emergency Plan (EEP) was tested and a common inspection of the local competent authorities inspection team (Emergency Inspectorate, Environmental Agency, Commissariat of National Guard) was simulated.

Both sites are upper tier Seveso establishments.

During the testing of IEP (the consequences did not surpass the borders of the establishment) were involved: Purolite Ltd. Victoria - cell for emergency situations, dispatcher, service for emergency situations representatives of the Brasov County Inspectorate of Emergency Situations and intervention teams from the Firefighter Department of Victoria town and one team from Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD ).

During the EEP testing (the consequences of the accident passed the borders of the establishment) were more than 150 people involved from: Schaffler Romania - the cell for emergency situations, the operative center with temporary activity, the private service for emergency situations of SC Schaffler Romania SRL, the dispatcher/control room and employees; Cristian village - the members of the local committee for emergency situations, members of the operational center with temporary activity, the members of the volunteer service for emergency situations; representatives of the Brasov County Inspectorate of Emergency Situations and intervention teams from the Firefighter Department and the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD), teams from the Ambulance Service, representatives from the County Committee for Emergency Situations, the Brasov Gendarme County Inspectorate, the Brasov County Police Inspectorate, the Local Environmental Protection Agency, the County Commissariat of the National Environmental Guard, Regional Department for roads and bridges, SC Regiotrans SRL and SC RC-CF Trans SRL – railway companies, representatives of mass-media and public.

The workshop had a strong focus on issues regarding practical implementation of Seveso Directive requirements and discussions and exchange of experience between the participants and Romanian authorities and operators.  During the training the participants showed an excellent ability to cooperate as national teams formed by representatives from different authorities as well as in mixed groups from different countries, and showed that are part of the Seveso family.

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