Grace GmbH, Worms
Information to the public according to § 8a of the 12th Ordinance on Major Accidents (BImSchV)
The Worms site with approx. 950 employees is the European headquarters of GRACE. State-of-the-art production processes and high internal safety standards enable a high level of plant security and utmost product quality. These safety standards which are applied across the group are regularly checked and continuously improved both by internal and external activities (certification according to the worldwide applicable environmental and safety standards ISO 14001 and OHSAS18001) and by on-site visits of the authorities. The results of the official inspections are made available to the public in electronic form.
The GRACE site in Worms produces inorganic special-purpose chemicals, mostly amorphous silica gels, zeolites and catalysts. Free-flowing solid substances are produced from raw materials such as acids as well as alkaline and saline solutions.
For this purpose, the Worms site uses and stores substances in their plants which are governed by the German Ordinance on Major Accidents. The Worms site is considered a lower class operating area under the Ordinance. The responsible authorities were informed about this fact.
The Worms site uses and stores the following major substances listed in appendix I of the Ordinance on Major Accidents, taking into account the relevant laws, ordinances and directives:
In case of an incident despite all safety measures, please pay attention to the following warnings:
- Siren signals (one minute of increasing and decreasing tone volume)
- Announcements on the radio, on TV or by loudspeaker vehicles of the fire brigade and the police
- Find out more on the internet.
More information on what to do in case of such incidents is provided in the brochure “Guidebook for emergency prevention and correct behaviour in case of emergency” of the German Federal Agency for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (www.bbk.bund.de) or in the Major Accidents Brochure which will soon be issued by the Municipality of Worms.