Prevention of environmental accidents

Some CERN installations (e.g. demineralised water production plant, surface treatment workshop, cooling towers…) can have an impact on the surrounding environment in case of accidents. Special attention is given to those installations to reduce their inherent dangers and minimise the associated risks and impact.

The CERN Environmental Protection Steering Board, CEPS, together with the concerned Departments and the HSE Unit share the responsibility for ensuring that adequate measures for the prevention of environmental incidents are put in place. In addition, lessons learnt from environmental events, near misses, and remedial actions are regularly followed up by the CEPS.

A key asset in the prevention of environmental incidents is the reactivity as well as the proactive behaviour of the CERN Fire and Rescue Service, whose members have been trained to intervene also in case of environmental accidents.

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CERN's Fire & Rescue Service. (Image: CERN)