Risks

Technological risks, generated by human activities, mainly cover explosions at industrial sites, clouds of toxic products, oil spills, dam or dike failures, nuclear accidents and risks related to the transportation of hazardous materials. Natural risks cover floods, forest fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, ground movements, avalanches, floods, cyclones and storms.

Today, these two types of risks are increasingly intertwined: a natural disaster can turn into a major technological accident, as shown by the examples of Fukushima (earthquake, tsunami then nuclear disaster) or Crosby in Texas (hurricane, floods then explosion of a petrochemical site). Similarly, some natural disasters are linked to climate change, the acceleration of which is partly attributed to human activities. Health risks include, among others, microbiological risks. Among these, the coronavirus crisis is increasingly attributed to damage to biodiversity (destruction of natural habitats, trade in wild animals, etc.).

Asbestos and other particulate pollution

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Inhalation of asbestos fibres or refractory ceramic fibres can lead to cancer or other pathologies. In fact, asbestos is considered a major health risk in the fields of construction, civil engineering, industry and transport (aeronautics, maritime, railways). Professionals involved in asbestos removal, demolition or asbestos waste treatment operations must be appropriately equi...

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Protective equipment, hardware and products

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PPE is intended to protect the worker against one or several risks (helmets, earplugs, goggles, gloves, safety shoes, breathing apparatus, protective clothing against heat, chemicals, fire, etc.). Certain materials and products are used to prevent risks (e.g.: safety cabinets, retention bins, fire or explosion-proof devices, guardrails in waste disposal sites, etc.). Others are...

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Risk management

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The ISO 31000 Risk Management standard revised in 2018 defines risk as "the effect of uncertainty on objectives". Managing risks, whatever they may be, is above all a matter of prevention: it is a question of knowing the phenomena and monitoring them in order to better predict them and thus set up alerts (cf. tools for analysis, measurement, monitoring, alert...). But if a disa...

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Services, project engineering, studies and consultancy

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Controlling risks and their impact on the environment cannot be improvised. Specialized firms offer dedicated services to support organizations in their approach: regulatory watch, drafting of specialized files, diagnostics, feasibility studies, risk analysis, compliance, verification of existing systems, etc.

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