INERIS places its experience and scientific and technical skills at the service of businesses, local governments and Administrations so as to guide them in their activities related to health and environmental safety and protection. This support is evidenced, in particular, by providing study and advisory services.

Accidental risks

The mission of the Accidental Risks Division is to support public and private partners in the field of risk management. This includes support on regulatory, technical and organizational aspects. In particular, consultancy services for industrialists are based on 3 key objectives:


More effective risk management

    Characterisation of products, substances and materials (over 400 trials per year)
      - Product physico-chemical properties
      - Characterisation of physical hazards relating to substances and mixtures
      - Characterisation of fire hazards and hazards relating to explosion of flammable liquids, vapours, gases and powders
      - Behaviour of products and materials in respect to fire (Fire gallery – TEWARSON calorimeter)
      - Experimental characterisation of explosive rapidity

    Evaluation, assistance and implementation of safety barriers
      - Evaluation of the performance of human and technical safety barriers
      - Evaluation of sensors and safety equipment (LCAP)
      - Modelling for optimising safety device design

    Behaviour of structures to accidental attacks
      - Explosion
      - Wave resistance
      - Thermal
      - Splashes

    Fire safety engineering
      - Spread of fire inside buildings - simulations
      - Impact of fire on materials and structures
      - Opacity and toxicity inside affected compartments
      - Prediction of the behaviour of a structure faced with a fire
      - Human behaviour in respect of the disaster (evacuation and impact on the disaster)

    Safety/hazard audit
      - Implementation of FMECA, HAZOP methods etc.
      - Application to feed pipes
      - Tunnel studies
      - THM (Transport Transport of hazardous materials)
      - Application to other infrastructures or equipment
      - Lightning protection studies
      - Electrostatic risks

    Accident expert evaluation
      - Post-accident investigations: technical, human and organisational aspects
      - Feedback aid
      - Knowledge management aid (formalisation, transfer)

    Risks relating to new energies
      - Accidental risks for wind turbines
      - Risks relating to the use of batteries (STEEVE innovation platform)
      - Energetic materials
      - New energy vectors (hydrogen, biofuels etc.)

More effectively anticipating and managing risks

    Authorization to operate application
    Hazards study
      - Industrial sites (ICPE-class facilities)
      - Warehouses
      - Transport infrastructures (e.g.: ports; multimodal platforms)
    Implementation and evaluation of SMS
    Implementation and evaluation of internal operations plans (POI)
    ATEX regulation application aid
    Support for TRPP procedures
      - Zoning of technological failings
      - Inventory of challenges
      - Evaluation of damages
      - Additional investigations: Vulnerability of structures and reinforcement methods
      - Preparation for participation in the CLIC
Resource availability
    Sigalea (technological risk mapping tool)
    Veille Juridique Intégrée sur les risques Industriels (VIJI-Legal watch integrated in industrial risks)