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Technical Working Group on Seveso Inspections (TWG 2)
29-30 September and 1 October 2021, Moss, Norway

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021                                                                          

Afternoon Session
S. Wiers, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment




1. Welcome (Norwegian authority)


2. Opening Business (Chairperson)

§  Introduction of new members of TWG 2 and Steering Committee
TWG 2 Representatives 2021

•       Review of TWG 2 Terms of Reference

•       Proposed revisions to the Terms of Reference

•       Overview of the agenda

•       Amendments to September 2019 meeting notes (if any)

•       Action items from last meeting

•       TWG 2 funding and strategy issues for 2021-2022 planning cycle

•       TWG 2 Meeting 2022– Location and time

•       TWG 2 Meeting Tool Kit – Potential improvements

•       Virtual participation – Conditions, optional or mandatory?

•       Other?

•       TWG 2 Website - Potential improvements?

•       Addition of a TWG 2 Administration page (TWG 2 Member Access Only

•       Updating topic mapping structure to add inspection Q&As


3. Mutual Joint Visit (MJV) Programme (M. Wood, JRC)

•       MJV Croatia 2022 on Information to the Public - Update (M. Klicek)

•       Future of the MJV Programme – Follow-up on  volunteers to host MJV
Portugal – 2023? Italy – 2024?, Denmark, Slovenia, New volunteers?

Volunteers for MJV Croatia Technical Advisory Group (Update)

•       Topic and Technical Advisory Group for 2023 MJV

•       Review of MJV Priority Topics (see attached)

•       Updates to MJV Toolkit – Improvements to tool kit, MJV programme?

•       Role of virtual participation

•       Other?

•       Update on publication of MJV good practice reports

•       Future MJV good practice reports – Any suggestions to improve?


Coffee break


4. Common Inspection Criteria

•       Feedback on the CIC Development Process

•       Development of new CICs (procedure overview)

•       CIC outline and development tips – Any suggestions to improve?

•       Finalised CICs – Any suggestions to improve website?


5. CICs recently completed and  in development

The CIC leader will describe the status of the CICs that are currently in development or have recently been finalised.

Checklist questions are needed for all of the following CICs.

Published (or almost)

•       Natech risk (A. Necci, JRC) (Published)

•       Maintenance of primary containment systems – Request for suggestions of questions and tips (M. Wood for C. Cowley)

•       Training of personnel (P. Vansina, Belgium and R. Czapla, Poland)

Nearly completed

•       Internal emergency planning (M. Wood/P.Vansina/F. Vazzana)

•       Subcontractors (V. Henden-Nilssen, Norway)

For further discussion

•       Power supply utilities and black-outs (S. Wiers, The Netherlands)

Some of the above documents will be provided at a later date before the meeting.


6. CICs in future

·         Creation of a list of future topics

Please reflect on topics that would be interesting for your inspectorate and/or where you could make a contribution

·         Discussion of possible topics to begin in 2022 and volunteers to lead them





Thursday, 30 September 2021

Thursday morning session

Chair:  P. Vansina, Federal Public Service Employment, Belgium


1.     New CICs – presentation of proposed outlines

Group 1. Secondary Containment. Scope: Containment bunds, double walled vessels and pipes, process buildings (as secondary containment for toxic gas emissions) (F. Vazzana, Italy)

 Group 2.  Avoiding Ignition Sources. Scope: zone classification (ATEX) and use of equipment according to hazardous areas, measures for avoiding electrostatic charging, avoiding insulation fires, internal traffic, monitoring of HVAC intake, etc. (P. Vansina, Belgium)


8. Plenary session (1) on common inspection criteria (CIC) 

•       Secondary Containment
1 hour followed by 15 minute summary


Coffee Break


9. Plenary session on common inspection criteria (CIC) 

•       Avoiding Ignition Sources
1 hour followed by 15 minute summary


10.   Webinar on Covid-19

•      Feedback from participants, upcoming Good Practice Report (M.Wood, MAHB)

•       Future TWG 2 webinars - Discussion


Adjourn for Lunch


Thursday afternoon Session
S. Wiers, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment


10.   Webinar on Covid-19

•       Feedback from participants, upcoming Good Practice Report (M.Wood, MAHB)

•       Future TWG 2 webinars - Discussion


11.   Accident case studies

  • Tarragona, Spain (2020) (DNV Investigation Video, Norway)
  • Hallein, Austria (2021)(E. Simon, Austria)
  • Leverkusen, German (2021) (Currenta video, D. Draeger, Germany)

These presentations will be followed by discussion and exchange of experience among the TWG.

These presentations will be followed by discussion and exchange of experience among the TWG.


12.   Division of Seveso responsibilities in EU/EEA Competent Authorities Presentation by R. Kuusick, Estonia, of TWG 2 2017 survey results


Coffee break


13.   Questions for discussion

Questions from Finland (T. Heinamaa)

1      Hazard category of pentane (cyclopentane, n-pentane; Flam Liq 2 H225)

2      Article 3 Definition (Presentation of dangerous substances)

3      Article 10, Safety report

Question from France (BARPI)

4      How different inspectorates consider flaring incidents in the context of process safety and in the feedback process (M. Wood, MAHB)

Question from Czech Republic – Pre-discussion prior to roundtable discussion in 2022   

5      How do different countries promote lessons learning?  (M. Wood, MAHB)

TWG 2 members should offer questions and comments to help frame the discussion planned for TWG 2 2022 roundtable session (What do we want to know? What are the key questions for this discussion?)  This question was raised in the TWG 2 2019.


Adjourn for the day

Friday, 1 October 2021

Friday morning session
P. Vansina, Federal Public Service Employment, Belgium


13.   Survey on Enforcement – Article 19  (Prohibition of Use)

•       Survey Results (I. Domjan, Hungary)

•       Discussion


14. New projects, research findings and publications I

•       Corporate leadership - Results of doctoral study (C. Cowley, EPSC)

•       CCPS / EI book “Human Factors in Process Plant Operations (C. Cowley, EPSC)


Coffee break


15.   New projects, research findings and publications II

•       JRC  (M. Wood, MAHB)

•       Study of ageing on hazardous sites (S. Wiers, Netherlands)

•       Norway/Hungary collaboration on ageing (V.H. Nilssen/I. Domjan)

•       Others?


16. Any other business

•       Summary of Meeting Results and Action Items

•       Location of next TWG 2 Meeting


Adjournment of meeting