The French Union of Chemical Trade (UFCC) gives updates on the current situation concerning the major fire that ravaged the Lubrizol plant on the night of 25 to 26 September.

This plant classified SEVESO with high threshold, which produced in particular additives for lubricants and fuels, has seen more than 5,000 tons of its stock disappear. The legitimate sentiment of worrying of the residents has increased as further communications from authorities were disseminated. The investigation on the origin of this fire and the repercussions on public health is still ongoing. According to the authorities, the first analysis shows no particular danger in the air or in the water at the moment.

The Seine-Maritime prefecture regularly sends out communicates to keep the population informed of the progress made. A list of products present in the warehouse has been published and psychological support, including a toll-free number have been made available (0 800 021 021).

The chemical distribution sector recalls its commitments

Following this accident, the French Union of Chemical Trade and its members recall their commitments in the protection of storage sites and of the environment.

On this serious event, the UFCC would like to remind stakeholders that chemical distributors are strongly committed to ensure the safety of their sites (and particularly those classified SEVESO) as well as the health of their employees at the workplace.
The whole sector implements CSR principles through the Responsible Care® programme, which aims to continuously improve the management of health, safety and security risks in the chemical industry.

The reporting on experiences that we have established represents a cornerstone in our practice. The lessons learned from these experiences allow the implementation of good practices for the benefit of all. Our federation is at your disposal to answer any questions and will continue to collaborate with the public authorities while providing support to businesses.

Read the full press release (in French) on the UFCC website.