With inspections conducted at chemical facilities, Tukes ensures that the facility complies with the terms of the permit as well as the legislation. You can only start handling and storing dangerous chemicals after passing the commissioning inspection. After the commissioning inspection, periodic inspections are conducted regularly.
Based on the frequency of periodic inspections, chemical facilities are divided into the following groups:
- facility obliged to provide a safety report
- facility obliged to provide a major accident prevention policy document
- facility with a permit.
The scope of the production facility’s operations and the changes made at the facility:
|Scope of the production facility’s operations||Frequency of periodic inspections||Commissioning inspection to be conducted|
|Facility obliged to provide a safety report||1 year||Yes|
|Facility obliged to provide a major accident prevention policy document||3 years||Yes|
|Facility with a permit||5 years||Yes|
|Notification, temporary operations included||In accordance with the inspection plan of the rescue department||Yes|
|No obligation to notify||-||
Tukes carries out risk-based monitoring of chemical facilities. Risk-based means that Tukes monitors facilities with large amounts of chemicals more frequently.
The inspection interval can be changed based on the incident and accident data of the facility and the observations made during inspection. This is also affected by the risk number calculated by Tukes for the site. The risk number takes issues essential to the technical safety of the site into account:
- the scope of operations
- the chemicals’ hazard class
- accident types
- consequences of the most serious accidents
- the nature of the operation
- the location and environment of the site
- being technically prepared, and safety systems.