In the pursuit of our activities, we consider it to be our duty to work in a manner that ensures protection of the environment, of health & safety, of labour, of our future, of public welfare and of social relations. We are one of the few Italian companies in the petrochemical industry to have subscribed to the Responsible Care voluntary programme, through which we commit to pursue continuous improvement in health & safety, environmental and security performance in all our operations – especially those related to the handling and storage of chemicals – with employees, suppliers, customers and the community. Our Integrated Management System (IMS), which complies with the applicable international standards on quality, environmental protection, occupational health &safety, and the prevention of major-accident hazards, drives us towards continuous improvement. Our IMS is certified to OHSAS 18001:2007; ISO 14001:2015; ISO 9001:2015. Furthermore, as from April 2014, we have adopted the Organisational, Management and Control Model required under Italian Legislative Decree No. 231/2001 and have set up the related Supervisory Body.
Our costal terminal stores chemical and petrochemical products that give out highly flammable vapours and, for this reason, it is classed as a “major-accident hazard site” under Italian Legislative Decree No. 105/2015 (“Seveso” Law). Italian Legislative Decree No. 105/2015 transposes into national law the third edition of the so-called “Seveso Directive”, which was adopted in 1982 following the major accident that took place in Seveso in 1976. The Directive sought to overcome the limitations of an otherwise comprehensive and detailed technical legislation in the area of safety and accident prevention by introducing the notion of a “Safety Management System”. Companies are obligatorily required to adopt and maintain an internal management system focused on preventing major accidents, based on a series of principles designed to support and strengthen the technical tools that are available to the company in the management of its operations. In particular, the company shall be required to identify, within its organisation, roles and responsibilities to ensure an effective management of the following:
- organisation and personnel
- identification and evaluation of major hazards
- operational control
- management of change and design
- planning for emergencies
- monitoring performance
- audit and review
In accordance with the above decree, after an in-depth analysis of existing hazards and a series of software simulations, we have prepared a Safety Report (approved by the competent authorities) identifying potential hazard areas – all inside the terminal area. We operate for the prevention and reduction of hazards (for our employees and for any other concerned parties who may be exposed to the hazards caused by our company operations), for the protection of the environment and for the protection of the local community. In particular, we are subject to continuous monitoring by various bodies:
- the Fire Department checks compliance with fire prevention regulations, that is the implementation of the required fire prevention measures, as certified by the Fire Prevention Certificate (11/2017);
- the Liguria Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment (ARPAL) verifies compliance with the applicable legislation on wastewater, air emissions and noise, as certified by the Single Environmental Authorisation (AUA), issued by the Genoa Metropolitan Council in December 2015;
- the Local Inspection Commission, as set up under article 48 of the Regulations for the Implementation of the Italian Navigation Code, verifies operational worthiness, as certified in December 2017;
- the Ministry Committee for the Monitoring of Safety Management Systems (Italian Legislative Decree No. 105/15) checks the adequacy of the operator and the related technical, organisational and management systems, with specific reference to the measures and means adopted for the prevention of major accidents and the limitation of their consequences;
- The Customs Agency checks physical and book inventory figures and correct use of the operating licence.