Practical Guidance on Assessing the Risk of A VCE in an Aerosol Warehouse
Following the Buncefield fire in 2005 which was caused by a large Vapour Cloud Explosion (VCE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commissioned a number of pieces of work to look at other possible risks that might have been overlooked. One of these was a study carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to consider risks from fires in large aerosol stores. The study identified the possibility of a VCE resulting from the accumulation in the warehouse of un-ignited flammable gases and vapours. The study led to considerable discussion between HSE, HSL and BAMA about the risk of such an event. The outcome of this discussion was the confirmation that the likelihood/risk is very low, but that a systematic assessment of each warehouse is needed to document assumptions. This BAMA Guide aims to provide companies storing aerosols with a tool to help to eliminate the possibility of a VCE from their warehouse.
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