How does the HSE Unit provide support in environmental matters either for radiological or conventional issues?

As projects and activities carried out at CERN must comply with environmental requirements established by the Host States as well as international norms and recognised good practices, the HSE Unit provides the following support to guarantee their application:

  • Legal and technical support on applicable environmental requirements for:
    • conception, implementation, operation and commissioning/decommissioning phases of new installations or activities;
    • existing activities or installations (e.g. expertise on specific environmental matters);
    • tendering documentation.
  • Training of CERN personnel (i.e. CERN Fire and Rescue Service, Territorial Safety Officers, etc.)
  • Communication of relevant environmental issues to members of the personnel and the general public (i.e. Open days and Safety days, etc.)

Any requests related to environmental matters can be addressed to the following email: environment.info@cern.ch

Besides the HSE Unit, other CERN organic units are in charge of managing environmental related activities. The table below provides an overview of who does what within the Organization for what concerns environmental domains.

 

Domain

Details

Department

Ionising radiation

Monitoring & impact assessment 

Radioactive waste management

HSE

Air protection

Cooling and ventilation of facilities

Experimental gases supply

Mobility on the CERN sites

Emission monitoring and impact assessment

EN

EN

SMB

HSE

Water protection

Supply and distribution of drinking water

Management of sewer systems

Effluent water monitoring and impact assessment

EN

SMB

HSE

Soil Protection

Follow-up of polluted sites and implementation of remedial measures

HSE / SMB

Hazardous Substances

Hazardous substances Inventory and inspections of storage premises

HSE

Environmental Noise

Noise measurement campaigns and expert advice for installations and facilities

HSE

Waste Management

Management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste

SMB

Energy Management

Power supply and distribution

Energy coordinator for accelerator sector

Energy coordinator for tertiary sector

EN

TE

SMB

Non-ionising Radiation

Expert advice for protection of the public

HSE

Prevention of environmental accidents

Fire and Rescue service, training, inspections and specific studies

HSE / SMB

Protection of natural resources

Site maintenance and landscaping

SMB