C-Energy Planá follows strict ecological rules
Disposal of Dangerous Chemicals
The disposal of dangerous chemicals is directed by internal regulations determined by valid legislation. Employees have safety lists and rules for the disposal of chemical compounds classified as dangerous to people and the environment on-site.
Employees receive the appropriate tools and protective equipment, as well as regular training for the disposal of dangerous chemical compounds.
Note: Experts have hailed the application of the European Parliament and Council Directive 1907/2006 on the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals, or REACH, which took effect on June 1, 2007. This directive is valid in the Czech Republic as the country is a member of the EU. The goals of REACH are:
- Protecting public health and the environment from risks that chemicals may present;
- Improving the competitiveness of the EU’s chemical industry;
- Supporting alternative methods of evaluating the danger presented by chemicals;
- Assuring the free movement of chemicals on the EU’s internal market.
The proper disposal of chemicals is part of the prevention of serious accidents that can be caused by dangerous chemical compounds. The risk of an accident is evaluated on the basis of the character and amount of dangerous chemical compounds stored in a given facility. According to the criteria, facilities are divided into accident groups. Teplárna Planá has not been placed into any group.
Preventing Serious Accidents
In the case of accidental contaminated water leaks, Teplárna Planá is obligated to proceed according to the approved Accident Plan, which was developed and presented as part of the process of receiving the integrated permit.
Information about all malfunctions/accidents that can affect the environment must be evaluated and measures must be taken to avoid future or related accidents in the future.
Emergency dumps are tested every five years.
Information about all malfunctions and accidents with effects on air, water, or groundwater must be collected, including:
- Location of the malfunction/accident;
- Time and length of the malfunction/accident;
- Type and amount of (leaked) contaminated emissions;
- Causes of the malfunction/accident;
- Institutions and individuals informed of the malfunction/accident;
- Measures implemented.
- Every malfunction/accident with an effect on the environment must be reported to the regional administration within 5 days.
As a responsible entity, Teplárna Planá strives to prevent serious accidents that could be caused by fires, natural disasters, or operational errors. Besides the negative effects on the environment and public health, the regular delivery of heat and electricity could be threatened as a result of an accident.
Teplárna Planá has an accident plan for avoiding and solving states of emergency in the production of electricity and heat. This plan includes the descriptions and arrangement of heat supply systems, enumerates the powers and obligations of managers, describes the various possible causes of a state of emergency and possible reactions, the gradual reduction of heat delivered, how to take equipment offline, brining supply back online, contacting employees and clients, and the activities of operational personnel and management in the case of a state of emergency.
One of the legal obligations stipulated in the water protection law is an emergency plan for facilities that use materials that could threaten the quality of water. The content of this plan is laid out in the regulations issued with the law on water protection. It includes chemicals in use at the plant and their characteristics, descriptions of equipment, the causes of accidents, accident and damage removal procedures, accident reporting procedures, contacts for employees and organs active in cleaning-up accidents, and the obligations and powers of management.
Employees are regularly trained on the above-mentioned documents and the basics of accident prevention.
Integrated Prevention and Limiting Pollution
Law 76/2002 Sb., regarding integrated prevention necessitated certification through the acquisition of an integrated permit (IP) by October 30, 2007. This permit integrates and replaces most permits associated with environmental protection, especially in the area of protecting air quality, waste disposal, caring for water, lowering noise pollution, and preventing accidents.
Since 2005, polluting agents must be cataloged in the integrated pollution registry, which is a database that includes information about emissions and the transfer of dangerous compounds that pollute the environment.
Implementing EMS and OHSAS
In 2007, Teplárna Planá implemented an environmental management system (EMS) and a safety management system (SMS).
EMS is a systematic approach to protecting the environment in all aspects of business whereby the facility incorporates environmental protection into its business strategy and regular operations. Implementing the system influences the organizational structure, methods of assigning responsibilities, technological procedures, processes, and resources for setting and implementing environmental policies. EMS is an inseparable part of managing the business; it contributes to the economic growth and prosperity of the business while focusing on activities, products, and services that have had, have, or may influence the environment. The goal is to protect natural resources and lower consumption, decrease the amount of pollutants released into the atmosphere, lower the risks associated with environmental accidents, and focus on the protection of employee and public health.
EMS is the most widespread method an organization can use to declare that it protects the environment in its activities and effects on the environment are taken into account when it provides its goods and services.
EMS is a voluntary tool used to protect the environment. It motivates an organization to take a pro-active and responsible approach to improving environmental productivity above and beyond its basic legal obligations. It was created by the European Union with the goal of discovering and monitoring an organization’s effect on the environment and publishing the information in individual environmental statements.
The EMS was implemented according to ISO 14001, published in 1996 by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and serves to certify an organization by a third party. It can be used in both private and public organizations.
By implementing an EMS, an organization expresses its co-responsibility for the state of the environment, its efforts to improve it, and its acceptance of sustainable development. The ISO 14001 norm works on the basis of volunteerism, which means that it is up to the management of an organization whether it will implement the system and proceed in concert with its standards.
OHSAS 18001 is an international standard for workplace safety (BOZP).
OHSAS 18001 is a document used to evaluate workplace safety policies, helping organizations protect their employees from risks while at the workplace. It was issued as an answer to demands for an international norm that would be used as a foundation for evaluation and certification.
Teplárna Planá strives to limit workplace risks and eliminate accidents involving employees and the employees of suppliers.